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Salvage the Bones
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Salvage the Bones
A Novel
Creators: Jesmyn Ward
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Imprint: Bloomsbury USA
Pub. date: 9/6/2011
Lib. SRP: 33.00 USD
Ret. SRP: 9.99 USD
Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
ISBN: 9781608196272
DRM Level: Adobe Content Server 4
Min. Version: Adobe Digital Editions
File size: 1463 KB
Languages:
   English
Subjects:
   Fiction, Historical Fiction
Awards:
  Alex Award (American Library Association), National Book Award (National Book Foundation)
Short Description:
   

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 food 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. While 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 day and Hurricane Katrina, 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 struggle for another day. A wrenching look at the lonesome, brutal, and restrictive realities of rural poverty...

Full Description:
   

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 food 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. While 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 day and Hurricane Katrina, 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 struggle for another day. A wrenching look at the lonesome, brutal, and restrictive realities of rural poverty, Salvage the Bone is muscled with poetry, revelatory, and real.

Reviews:
  Publisher's Weekly
     

Starred review from May 23, 2011
Ward's poetic second novel (after Where the Line Bleeds) covers the 12 days leading up to Hurricane Katrina via the rich, mournful voice of Esch Batiste, a pregnant 14-year-old black girl living with her three brothers and father in dire poverty on the edge of Bois Sauvage, Miss. Stricken with morning sickness and dogged by hunger, Esch helps her drunken father prepare their home for the gathering storm. She also looks after seven-year-old Junior while her oldest brother, Randall, trains to win a scholarship to basketball camp, and middle son Skeet devotes himself to delivering and raising his fighting bitch China's pit bull puppies. All the while, Esch ponders whether she will have the baby and yearns for its father to love her "once he learns secret." Esch traces in the minutiae of every moment of every scene of her life the thin lines between passion and violence, love and hate, life and death, and though her voice threatens to overpower the story, it does a far greater service to the book by giving its cast of small lives a huge resonance.

Creator Marketing:
  Jesmyn Ward     
     

Jesmyn Ward grew up in DeLisle, Mississippi. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won five Hopwood awards for essays, drama, and fiction. A Stegner Fellow at Stanford, from 2008-2010, she has been named the 2010-11 Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi. Her debut novel, Where the Line Bleeds, was an Essence Magazine Book Club selection, a Black Caucus of the ALA Honor Award recipient, and a finalist for both the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award.

Adobe EPUB eBook Rights:
  Copying not allowed
  Printing not allowed
  Lending not allowed
  Reading aloud allowed
Geographic Rights:
   Argentina, American Samoa, Bolivia, Plurinational State Of, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Brazil, Belize, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, CuraƧao, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Guam, Honduras, Haiti, Northern Mariana Islands, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Paraguay, Suriname, South Sudan, El Salvador, Sint Maarten (Dutch Part), United States Minor Outlying Islands, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic Of, Virgin Islands, U.S.
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