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Salvage the Bones
Salvage the Bones
Author: Jesmyn Ward
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ISBN-13: 9781608196265
ISBN-10: 1608196267
Publication Date: 9/4/2012
Pages: 288
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 34 ratings
Publisher: Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA
Book Type: Paperback
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Chocoholic avatar reviewed Salvage the Bones on + 291 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
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.
knitter avatar reviewed Salvage the Bones on + 64 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
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.
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Helpful Score: 2
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.
reviewed Salvage the Bones on + 43 more book reviews
Loved this book. Great story about family, love, dogs and life set against the backdrop of a brewing Hurricane Katrina.
BigGreenChair avatar reviewed Salvage the Bones on + 453 more book reviews
So very well written; not my typical kind of book but I enjoyed it very much. All of the characters were wonderful, the tension if you can call it that is both laid back and also slowly rising before's hard to describe. Fine writing!! Right up there with Wallace Stegner. I noted the author was on a Stegner Fellowship and found that just perfect since she writes as well as he did.
esjro avatar reviewed Salvage the Bones on + 902 more book reviews
Ugh, I hated this book! I was so excited to read it after seeing all the glowing reviews and mentions on year end best-of lists. Maybe I am biased because I hate dog fighting, and couldn't stand all the dog fighting scenes and discussions about dog fighting. I just couldn't stomach this book.
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A graphic telling of the lives of an impoverished family going about their daily lives before the landfall of hurricane Katrina.