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Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
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Jun 09, 2012

really liked it
Read from June 09 to 12, 2012

This book pulls off the difficult trick of writing about underprivileged and undereducated characters without condescending to them. Esch and her family are poor and ignorant, and the scope of their world is very, very limited; yet Ward makes the reader care about them and root for them. I did get a bit tired of having the Medea comparisons continually pointed out (Esch is reading a book on Greek mythology), but overall this is a powerful, well-crafted book. I may use it the next time I teach a Southern literature course.
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