Salvage the Bones

Salvage the Bones

A Novel

eBook - 2011
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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.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781608196272
Characteristics: 1 online resource (261 p.)
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks


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JCLEmilyD May 11, 2017

This story sticks with you. It's about poverty, teenagers, family, dogs, love, and hurricanes.

Apr 11, 2017

This book is amazing! Some scenes get pretty gritty (spoiler: dog fighting). But it allowed me to see a different world and walk in someone else's shoes. All the while, I felt the longing of every member of the family. And the author handled the setting and weather extremely well. It felt so real!

Mar 11, 2016

Paints a disturbing tense picture. Couldn't put it down

Nov 15, 2015

Not sure if I enjoyed this or not - quite a sad little story, well written.

Aug 02, 2015

Hauntingly beautiful

LPL_KateG Apr 28, 2015

Incredibly powerful novel of community, loss, and hope. Jesmyn Ward is a master of pacing - at times slow and deliberate as a sweltering summer day, at others as fast-paced and intense as a dog fight or a hurricane. Looking forward to reading more by this author!

Dec 19, 2014

A masterful book about a tight-knit African American family living as best they can and facing the onset of Hurricane Katrina. The unity and bond between family members is very uplifting and memorable, along with the close friends of the children. I look forward to more writing by Jesmyn Ward.

JCLHelenH Jan 22, 2014

This was a very difficult book to read. There’s poverty, there’s neglect, there’s dog fighting, and there’s impending tragedy. Then there are the victims fighting against poverty the only way they know how, there are children caring for one another in the absence of caring adults, there’s the beauty of a loving and loyal dog. And then tragedy still.

I rarely seek out author interviews or professional reviews to help me understand. I prefer to let the story tell me what I’m supposed to know. But in the case of Salvage the Bones, reading an interview with Jesmy Ward in "the Paris Review" helped me grasp the importance of her work. I’ll be thinking about it for a long time to come.

Jan 11, 2014

Beautifully written. The author is extremely talented. The story can be seen as cruel which it is but the relationship between the young boy and his dog and between siblings grabs the heart.

May 13, 2013

*** stars This is an amazing story of an African American family over 12 days of the approach, duration, and aftermath of hurricane Katrina. The teenage daughter is pregnant who finds her heroines in mythology. One brother has a fighting pit bull. Ms. Ward does not pull any punches in describing the brutality of the life of this poor family. It took me a while to engage with the book, but was soon invested in the survival of the family. recommend

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