Salvage the Bones

By Jesmyn Ward
(Wheeler Publishing, Hardcover, Large Print, 9781410447111, 405pp.)

Publication Date: April 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Hardcover, Paperback, Paperback, Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer 2012 Reading Group
“Ward writes with a power and depth of feeling that is both rare and exhilarating. Her novel about 12 days in the life of a poor black family living on the Mississippi coast as a hurricane gathers in the gulf displays the gifts of a writer with exceptional skill and no fear. The characters seem almost to claw their way off the pages, so vividly has Jesmyn Ward created them. This is a novel of flesh and blood, heart and soul, dreams and terrors that I will not soon forget.”
-- Stan Hynds, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2011 Indie Next List


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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 revelatory, real, and muscled with poetry.



NPR
Monday, Dec 5, 2011

Jesmyn Ward's novel adopts a teen's perspective, showing how one black Mississippi family endured poverty, sexual abuse and violence, and then braved Hurricane Katrina. Salvage The Bones won the 2011 National Book Award for fiction. Ward speaks with host Michel Martin. More at NPR.org

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Thursday, Nov 17, 2011

Stephen Greenblatt's The Swerve, a dramatic account of the Renaissance-era rediscovery of the Latin poet Lucretius, won for nonfiction. Salvage the Bones, set in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, by Jesmyn Ward, won for fiction. More at NPR.org

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