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Salvage the Bones

A Novel

By Jesmyn Ward

Winner of the 2011 National Book Award

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. 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 make up the novel's framework yield to their dramatic conclusion, this unforgettable family-motherless children sacrificing for one another 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.

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Publish Date

2011

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9781608195220


Format: Book
Author: Ward, Jesmyn
Summary: 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.
Title: Salvage the bones : a novel / Jesmyn Ward.
Publisher Date: New York : Bloomsbury, 2011.
Subject: African American children -- Fiction. African American teenage girls -- Fiction Brothers and sisters -- Fiction Motherless families -- Fiction African American families -- Mississippi -- Fiction. Rural poor -- Mississippi -- Fiction. Hurricane Katrina, 2005 -- Fiction. Gulf Coast (Miss.) -- Fiction.
Isbn: 9781608195220 1608195228
Current Holds: 1
System Items Available: 0
System Items Total: 1
Call Number: F Ward
Oclc: 694566457
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Bib Id: 365984

Format: Book
Author: Ward, Jesmyn
Summary: 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.
Title: Salvage the bones : a novel / Jesmyn Ward.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Bloomsbury, 2011.
Description: 261 p. ; 22 cm.
Subjects: African American children -- Fiction.
Subjects: African American teenage girls -- Fiction
Subjects: Brothers and sisters -- Fiction
Subjects: Motherless families -- Fiction
Subjects: African American families -- Mississippi -- Fiction.
Subjects: Rural poor -- Mississippi -- Fiction.
Subjects: Hurricane Katrina, 2005 -- Fiction.
Subjects: Gulf Coast (Miss.) -- Fiction.
LCCN: 2010053025
ISBN: 9781608195220
ISBN: 1608195228
Requests: 1
Available Copies: 0
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: F Ward