Salvage the Bones is an unflinching story of Southern, rural, black, poverty told through the eyes of a young black girl that most of us would probably write off.
Jesmyn Ward has written a beautiful and terrible account of daily survival in the poor, rural South and then intoduced Hurricane Katrina to the mix. Interwoven is the myth of Medea as Esch, the narrator, comes to understand it's relevance to her life. Lyrical and metaphorical on so many levels; as a human - you should read it.
I almost put this book away after reading the first couple of chapters, but since the writing was better than just OK, I kept on going. I'm glad I did. I wound up liking the book so much on so many levels that I'm thinking of presenting it to my book club for one of our readings. There are many aspects to this poor, black, rural family and their story that beg to be discussed and analyzed. The story is a fictional slice of life based upon actual events, and the writing turned out to be excellent. This is not a pretty book and it does not have a happy ending, but then, the main character is Hurricane Katrina who doesn't even appear until the last chapter. This is a serious book that deserves to be read, discussed and remembered.