Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward

Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward

A hurricane is building over the Gulf of Mexico, threatening the coastal town of Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, and Esch’s father is growing concerned. A hard drinker, largely absent, he doesnt show concern for much else. Esch and her three brothers are stocking food, but there isn’t much to save. Lately, Esch can’t keep down what food she gets; she’s fourteen and pregnant. Her brother Skeetah is sneaking scraps for his prized pitbull’s new litter, dying one by one in the dirt. Meanwhile, brothers Randall and Junior try to stake their claim in a family long on child’s play and short on parenting.

As the twelve days that make up the novel’s framework yield to their dramatic conclusion, this unforgettable family—motherless children sacrificing for one another as they can, protecting and nurturing where love is scarce—pulls itself up to face another day. A big-hearted novel about familial love and community against all odds, and a wrenching look at the lonesome, brutal, and restrictive realities of rural poverty, Salvage the Bones is muscled with poetry, revelatory, and real.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I. AM. BACK!!!! :-) Missed you guys! Can't wait to catch up and of course, discuss this book. :-)

    January 9, 2013

  • Buddy

    Nice catch Dean! There are also plenty of copies available at the library right now .. for people without eReaders. Cheers!

    December 24, 2012

    • Jaye

      You can also use the Kindle app on a computer or smartphone, but you're right: the library is probably even less expensive... unless you accrue late fees!

      December 24, 2012

    • Buddy

      What I was trying to say was .. "there are free books at the library for cheapskates, I checked!" .. haha

      2 · December 24, 2012

  • Dean

    The Kindle version is only $2.99 on Amazon now. So easy. Happy Holidays

    1 · December 24, 2012

    • Jaye

      Haha. I was just coming back to post that!

      December 24, 2012

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