Salvage the Bones Author: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 doesn't 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 f... more »ood 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 comprise the novel's framework yield to the final days, the unforgettable family at the novel's heart-motherless children sacrificing for each other 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.« less
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Hmmm. How to describe this book... This is a story of four siblings, Esch, Randall, Skeetah, and Junior, living in coastal Mississippi during the days immediately preceding hurricane Katrina and a few days after. The book spans about 12 days. The father figure in the story is pretty distant and removed from his children. Skeetah has a prized pit bull named China who is having puppies when the story opens, and 15 year old Esch has just found out that she is pregnant. There are some pretty disturbing themes in this book that I won't mention but this story is very well written. I really enjoyed this. Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down.