Salvage the Bones



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Salvage the Bones
Jesmyn Ward

This novel on the devastating impact of a tropical storm follows the life of a working-class family in southern Mississippi. As a family of five, 15-year-old Esch along with her three brothers and her father live in poverty, often not knowing when their next meal will be. Despite this, her brother Skeetah finds joy in taking care of the family’s pit bull China and her new litter. Days before Hurricane Katrina hits Mississippi, Esch finds out she’s pregnant, leading to tension in the family. But when disaster strikes, they must find strength as a hurricane takes what little they have.

This award-winning novel gives insight into southern US culture and its nationwide issue with poverty. The book opens up room for discussions all about climate change, natural disasters, American society and interpersonal relationships.

· · 2011

Critical edition

Ward, Jesmyn. Salvage the Bones. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017. 272 pp., ISBN 9781408897720

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  • Addresses current affairs
  • Award-winning
  • Explores historical contexts

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