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mel150, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by mel150)
This was one of the best books I've read recently. The novel starts with the birth of China the pitbull's puppies, and through the eyes of Esch, the 12 year old daughter of the family, it spins a story of love, poverty, trust and hardship. The prose is fluid and lovely, poetic at times.

Esch's family consists of all men, firstly brother Skeetah who owns, tends and almost worships China, the fighting pitbull. China is a main character herself, and her puppies might lead to enough money for basketball camp for Randall, the oldest brother who takes care of the family when the father is too drunk to do so. Junior is the smallest of the boys, and seems by turns confused and hurt by life.

A group of young men Randall's age hang around most days, shooting hoop and smoking blunts. Manny, the golden one, is the object of Esch's young love and the means of her deepest secret.

The story takes place before, during and after Hurricane Katrina. The lead-up to Katrina is desultory; she is a vague threat that no one seems to take too seriously. When she hits, she is terrifying and we're swept along in the fear and horror of her rage. Afterward, we wander the coast with her characters, awed and confused by the destruction wrought by the storm.

"There is a house sitting in the middle of the road, facing us, like it guards the secrets we will find farther in."

Read this book- it is a remarkable, well-written and touching story.
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David Hunter, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by David Hunter)
Lyrical family drama that makes you care about this poor family and their struggles to survive, with hurricane Katrina as the backdrop.
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Mels Musings, September 12, 2011 (view all comments by Mels Musings)
One of the best books I've read recently this story takes place before, during and after Hurricane Katrina.

It opens with the birth of China the pitbull's puppies and, through the eyes of Esch, the 12-year-old daughter of the family, it spins a story of love, poverty, trust and hardship.

Esch's family consists of all men. Her brother Skeetah, who owns, tends and nearly worships China, Randall, the oldest, a budding basketball star who takes care of the family when the father is too drunk to do so, and Junior is the smallest of the boys, by turns confused and hurt by life. China herself,is a main character and the money her puppies could bring would fulfill a dream for at least one family member.

The lead-up to the hurricane is desultory, she is a vague threat that no one seems to take too seriously. When she hits, she is terrifying and we're swept along in the fear and horror of her rage. Afterward, we wander the coast with her characters, awed and confused by the scale of the destruction. "There is a house sitting in the middle of the road, facing us, like it guards the secrets we will find farther in."

The prose is fluid and lovely even poetic at times. Read this book- a remarkable, well-written and touching story.
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ISBN:
9781608195220
Author:
Ward, Jesmyn
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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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.

"Synopsis" by ,
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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