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Salvage the Bones by [Ward, Jesmyn]
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Length: 273 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Beautifully written ... A powerful depiction of grinding poverty, where somehow amid the deprivation, the flame of filial affection survives and a genuine spirit of community is able to triumph over everything the system and nature can throw at it (Daily Mail)

Masterful... Salvage the Bones has the aura of a classic about it (Washington Post)

A brilliantly pacy adventure-story as the family battles to escape the rising tide. The pages fly past with heart-stopping intensity... Ward writes like a dream. A real dream: uneasy, vivid and deep as the sea (The Times)

The novel's hugeness of heart and fierceness of family grip hold on like Skeetah's pit bull (Oprah Magazine)

A taut, wily novel, smartly plotted and voluptuously written. It feels fresh and urgent, but it's an ancient, archetypal tale (New York Times)

It's hard not to read the final pages in a greedy frenzy ... There's something of Faulkner to Ward's grand diction, which rolls between teenspeak and the larger, incantatory rhythms of myth (Olivia Laing Guardian)

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WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 691 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks; 1 edition (3 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AQZ4M9E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,925 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
Hurricane Katrina is coming, a destitute, motherless family is trying to prepare for it, the 15-year-old daughter is pregnant and the dog's puppies are dying. The love relationship between Skeeter and his unpleasant dog is compelling, and the last two chapters, describing the storm and its aftermath are very good, but the story doesn't quite come to anything and the whole thing is far too self-consciously `writerly'. I'm afraid that too many people have told Jesmyn Ward that she writes beautifully, and too few that she should murder her darlings, that less is more, or that the point of a simile is to have us see the thing itself more acutely. Here, the insistent, far-fetched similes and fussy logging of movement, expression and appearance are irritants that make it harder to see. A writer with great potential if she can find a good story and get out of its way.
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Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed this gritty book, it is very well written, makes you feel as if you are there.
I couldn't wait to get back to it. Reminded me somewhat of the way 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is written.
Highly recommend.
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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because it won a prize in the USA. I intended to give it to my 23 year old niece for Christmas but on flicking through it, I found scenes of dog fighting and a couple having sex in the toilet. So I found her a safer gift.

Nevertheless, I wanted to read the book myself, as it was recommended. It is the story of a black American family in the days preceding Hurricane Katrina. The ending was the most amazing bit - the Hurricane does not actually hit until the final chapter. In the preceding chapters, we get to know narrator Esch, and her brothers Skeetah, who owns a dog named China, Randall, the eldest who dreams of being in a college basketball team, and the baby of the family Junior. The book opens with China giving birth to puppies, and the young people working together to look after them. The family live in the Southern USA, and the muddy/dusty surroundings, their shack-like home in the "Pit" among trees, and the heat and sweat dominate the narrative. The children's mother died giving birth to Junior, and their father is a bit of a bully, and an alcoholic. So the children look after each other, Randall often behaving like a father, and everyone looking out for one another. Skeetah is the first to realise Esch is in love, and pregnant. Yet it is all told in a matter of fact, down to earth way, not at all sentimental.

The relationship between the young men of the district, and their relationship with their dogs is well described. Although I find the thought of dog fighting distasteful, in fact the dogs do not seem to fight to the death, the boys call a halt and tend to their wounds in most cases.

I would be interested to know how accurate a depiction of life in the USA this is.
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Format: Paperback
If you're looking for a good read I can highly recommend "Salvage the Bones" by Jesmyn Ward. It focuses on a family living in the poor suburbs of New Orleans in the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina.

The story is told through the eyes of fifteen year old Esch Batiste who is going through the pangs of unrequited teenage love. Her brother, Skeetah is looking after his beloved dog's new puppies that he aims to sell for a fortune. Randall is trying to get into a basketball league team.

Meanwhile "Daddy" is in the background getting ready for the hurricane. The rest of the family are used to hurricanes - they get at least two a year. The worst hurricane they can remember was a grade three when they were children. Hurricane Katrina is a grade five. When it finally arrives the suspense is incredible.

This is the story about loyalty to family winning out against the odds. Jesmyn Ward is a highly talented writer with a good ear for dialogue and a fresh approach to imagery.
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I discovered this little gem whilst having a casual lunchtime scroll through Twitter. A recommendation like this would turn anybody’s head: 'Just started reading salvage the bones. Its f*cking wonderful. All novels should be this brilliant', tweeted by the British spoken word poet Kate Tempest. When it comes to writers, talent knows talent when it sees it. A quick skim of the blurb and it was instantly added to my Amazon basket. A few super-saver delivery days later, I was ready to devour every page, bones included.
Set in America's deep South, Jesmyn Ward tells the tale of a family wracked by poverty, broken by death and with only one thing on their minds- survival. I expected gritty realism but what I got was so much more than that as I was drawn in to the beauty of the world Ward creates. The Pit where Esch, the novels' narrator, lives is grimy and sticky with heat, but the sun shines orange through the crawling trees buzzing with insects. With Jesmyn Ward's astonishing writing style, metaphorical, poetic and beautiful in the most readable way, this novel reads like a dream. The surrounding forest in which the family live in their bare and broken trailer, dogs howl, leaves float to the ground and birds, sometimes, sing. Written from the perspective of Esch, the intimate family relationships evoked a real bond between the book and I, especially the tense brotherly bond between Skeetah and Randall, and the way Esch reads Skeet in the way only sisters can. Little Junior reminds me of a stray cub, wild, but loved and protected fiercely. You find yourself feeling the young Esch's emotions perhaps more coherently than even she can.
Esch has two mothers in her life. Her birth mother's ghost pervades the novel as if alive.
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