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Salvage the Bones (Novel) By Jesmyn Ward (PDF-Book-Summary-Review-Online Reading-Download)

Salvage the Bones is a 2011 novel by Jesmyn Ward and received the National Book Award for Fiction in 2011. The novel explores the plight of a working-class African American family in Mississippi as they prepare for Hurricane Katrina and follow them through the aftermath of the storm. Ward, who had lived through Katrina, wrote the novel, after being very "dissatisfied with the way Katrina had backed out of public consciousness.

In an interview with the Paris Review, Ward said he was inspired by Medea and the works of William Faulkner.

Book Summary
A hurricane is brewing over the Gulf of Mexico, threatening the coastal city of Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, and Esch's father is becoming increasingly concerned. A strong drinker, largely absent, shows no concern for much else. Esch and his three brothers are storing food, but there is not much to save. Lately, Esch cannot contain the food he receives; She is fourteen years old and pregnant. Her brother Skeetah is hiding scraps for her precious pit bull's new litter, dying one by one on the ground, while brothers Randall and Junior try to claim their claim in a family with a lot of child play and little parenting. As the twelve days that make up the framework of the novel give way until the last day and Hurricane Katrina, the unforgettable family at the heart of the novel, motherless children who sacrifice to each other as they can, protecting and nurturing where love is scarce, he gets up to fight for another day. A heartbreaking look at the solitary, brutal, and restrictive realities of rural poverty, "Salvage the Bones" is full of poetry, revealing and real.

Book Review
A tense, cunning, artfully hatched, and voluptuously written novel. It feels fresh and urgent, but it is an ancient and archetypal story. . . Jesmyn Ward makes beautiful music, skillfully plays to the expectations of her reader.

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About The Author of The Book Jesmyn Ward
Jesmyn Ward is the author of Where the Line Bleeds, Salvage the Bones, and Men We Reaped. She is a former Stegner Fellow (Stanford University) and Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi. She is an associate professor of Creative Writing at Tulane University.

Her work has appeared in BOMB, A Public Space, and The Oxford American.