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Salvage the Bones: A Novel by Jesmyn Ward
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Salvage the Bones: A Novel (original 2011; edition 2011)

by Jesmyn Ward

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Title:Salvage the Bones: A Novel
Authors:Jesmyn Ward
Info:Bloomsbury USA (2011), Hardcover, 272 pages
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Tags:3.86 ∙ Poor ∙ Rural Mississippi ∙ Katrina

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Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward (2011)

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Eloquent and gritty at the same time. At one point I was flipping back to the cover to ask "Is it savage or salvage?" but there is hope, so perhaps it's salvage after all. Reading it in brand new hardback was a pleasurable experience and somehow honored the story. ( )
  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
The book gathers poetry and intensity as the hurricane approaches ( )
  Lisa02476 | May 4, 2019 |
Salvage the Bones is a raw, gritty, brutal and at times almost painful, read that stays with you long after you've turned the last page - it's definitely YA and even then maybe not for more sensitive readers.

Set in a fictional town in Mississippi, the book follows 15-year old Esch and her family for 12 days: ten days leading up to Hurricane Katrina, the day of the storm and the day after the storm. There's a lot packed into those 12 days. Esch has two older brothers, one younger brother and an alcoholic father that is neglectful on good days and abusive on all the rest. Her mother died giving birth to her younger brother so Esch has basically raised herself, surrounded by her older brothers and their friends. She is a girl that is desperate for love, attention and for someone to actually SEE her. In fact, Esch has been so neglected and mistreated that she doesn't recognize respect when its right in front of her. Salvage the Bones delves into a maelstrom of alcoholism, abuse, teen sex, teen pregnancy, dog fighting and Hurricane Katrina and delivers one big chaotic, emotional punch. ( )
  adrouet | Apr 3, 2019 |
Grimy and heartfelt and grim and sweet, this is a really great book. The final section is memorably eerie, not unlike The Road - only based on our real, very recent past. ( )
  alexrichman | Mar 24, 2019 |
This was such a hard book to read -- the writing was gorgeous, but the story is heartbreaking and will pull at you. I had to put it down several times. I'm very glad I read it though. ( )
  decaturmamaof2 | Mar 23, 2019 |
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Becker, UlrikeÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Boothe, CheriseNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ratchford, PattiCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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See now that I, even I am he, and there is no god with me; I kill and I make alive, I wound and I heal, neither is there any can deliver out of my hand. -Deuteronomy 32:39

For though I'm small, I know many things, and my body is an endless eye through which, unfortunately, I see everything. -Gloria Fuertes, "Now"

We on our backs staring at the stars about, talking about what we going to be when we grow up, I said what you wanna be? She said, "Alive." -Outkast, "Da Art of Storytellin' (Part 1)," Aquemini
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For my brother, Joshua Adam Dedeaux,

who leads while I follow.
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China's turned on herself.
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"To give life...is to know what's worth fighting for. And what's love."
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Enduring a hardscrabble existence as the children of alcoholic and absent parents, four siblings from a coastal Mississippi town prepare their meager stores for the arrival of Hurricane Katrina while struggling with such challenges as a teen pregnancy and a dying litter of prize pups.… (more)

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