Salvage the Bones

Salvage the Bones Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction 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

  • Title: Salvage the Bones
  • Author: Jesmyn Ward
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  • Page: 488
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  • Winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction 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 downWinner of the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction 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 While 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 comprise the novel s framework yield to the final day and Hurricane Katrina, the unforgettable family at the novel s heart motherless children sacrificing for each other as they can, protecting and nurturing where love is scarce pulls itself up to struggle for another day A wrenching look at the lonesome, brutal, and restrictive realities of rural poverty, Salvage the Bone is muscled with poetry, revelatory, and real.

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    1. Jesmyn Ward

      Jesmyn Ward is the author of Where the Line Bleeds, Salvage the Bones, and Men We Reaped She is a former Stegner Fellow Stanford University and Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi She is an associate professor of Creative Writing at Tulane University.Her work has appeared in BOMB, A Public Space and The Oxford American.


    1. There is a moment in the beginning of this book when I want to put the book down (the birthing of puppies). There is a point in the middle when I breathe raggedly, as though from a gut punch (Ward’s description of the dog fight). And there are long stretches at the end of this book when I cannot take my horrified eyes from the page, when I feel my insides crumbling and my heart breaking and my memories reeling and I know I have read something extraordinary.Jesmyn Ward just gives us words, but [...]

    2. The audiobook narrator Cherise Booth, is outstanding!Author Jesmyn Ward's writing is beautiful- lyrical.lovely as can be!!!!Between the Jesmyn's usage of language- poetic - sometimes calming the issues at handd Cherise's engaging voice - "Salvage The Bones" - feels 'real'agic - and completely heartbreaking. My heart was racing the last couple of chapterswhere it was almost stopped at beginning. - Two extreme emotions from start to finish. Most of the book takes place a few days before Hurricane [...]

    3. when i finished the book, i realized that the hurricane's presence in it had been much stronger than i had realized at first. even though katrina occupies only two chapters, it seems as if the prose breathes hurricane weather in and out in every chapter -- through water, heat, stifling humidity, the stillness of the air and then the non-stillness of the air as the trees sway in a wind that gives no relief, hunger, dirt, restless sleep. you know it if you've been in a hurricane, but i think havin [...]

    4. I couldn't dull the edges and fall in love with my characters and spare them. Life doesn't spare us. -Jesmyn WardThe words in this novel are wounds with fragile scabs. This story is the beat of a wounded girl's heart; it bleeds on the page and hurts to read. These words are tears that have not been shed, so they build up on the inside and fill up buckets of anguish:I learned how to cry so that almost no tears leaked out of my eyes, so that I swallowed the hot salty water of them and felt them ru [...]

    5. This book takes place over the course of twelve days and in those twelve days a lot happens. A dog, China, becomes a Mother in a very detailed birthing sequence, a young teen, Esch, learns she is going to be a Mother, and Motherless children prepare for a Hurricane in between attending dog fights, fighting among themselves and caring for their drunk father. Esch and her brothers live in Bois Sauvage, Mississippi. Their Mother passed away after giving birth and they are left in the care of their [...]

    6. A gritty, tough story about a scrappy family living in poverty in the Gulf Coast of Mississippi in a twelve day period encompassing the landfall of Hurricane Katrina. The bleakness of their plight is juxtaposed with hauntingly beautiful prose that is almost poetry. I have a full-fledged author crush on Jesmyn Ward - this woman has supernatural powers. No one else writes like her!Be prepared for content that may make you cringe, including graphic accounts of dog-fighting. It is essential to this [...]

    7. Unfortunately, I felt like I was reading an extended undergrad creative writing piece, not an award winning author. The language is just so hard to get through-everything is a simile. I counted 3 uses of "like" to describe someone or something in one short paragraph. I had to slog my way through it, but I did find there were parts that intrigued me more than others and did want to read on, thus not a total dislike.

    8. It is so exciting when I read a book that I know will be with me forever. Salvage the Bones seemed at first to be in the same vein as Beans of Egypt, Maine, Bastard Out of Carolina, or The Book of Ruth. *Except* the overall affect is quite different. Instead of violence and desperation Jesmyn Ward gives us sweetness, beauty, and anticipation. Her writing is gorgeous (as one of the characters is racing through the woods his legs are described as looking like black ribbons) and the story is a time [...]

    9. When the finalists for the National Book Award in Fiction were announced last month, I’m embarrassed to admit that I was among those critics grumbling about the obscurity of some of the authors (Andrew Krivak?), even some of the publishers (Lookout Books?). Partly, I was annoyed that novels I’ve adored this year (“Doc,” “State of Wonder”) didn’t make the cut, and partly I was operating under the time-tested prejudice that books I’ve read are always better than books I haven’t r [...]

    10. Unfortunately, I couldn't finish this one. The writing was beautiful and it was a story of family which I love. This was a case of I should have read the synopsis. Sometimes I skip those so I can be surprised but the dog fighting and sick puppies were too much for me. I tried skipping those parts on the audio but I ended up having to skip too often. I will definitely read other books by this author because I like her style.Summer 2017 Read #20

    11. With 2017 being the most deadly year in U.S. history for hurricanes, and Jesmyn Ward ONCE AGAIN winning the National Book Award for "Sing, Unburied Sing," I figured it was well past time for me to read her debut novel, "Salvage the Bones." And my goodness what the hell took me so long?Ward has crafted one of the most spellbinding novels with this effort. The book exudes that southern heat that comes in the hours and days before a monster storm, the vivid landscape of this rural, poor fictional M [...]

    12. Esch is a 15 year old girl, poor and black, living in Mississippi with her father and three brothers. Her mother's death is an absence that still hurts. Maybe that's why Esch has sex with so many different boys. But now she is in love with a boy that is someone else's boyfriend. And she is pregnant.This is also a story about China, a pit bull that Esch's brother Skeetah loves with a passion. Although he fights her against other dogs, China has his heart.A hurricane is coming. They've lived throu [...]

    13. Update: I did it. I finished it. I skimmed over some spots, but read it, I did. Right to the end. The ending that I am going to believe was a happy one. Yes.__________This book seethes with brutality - implied, overt - and I turn each page with my heart in my throat, steeling myself for what is to come.Kids, dogs subject to abuse, trauma, neglect. Can't do it. It's beautifully written, even poetic in places, but I can't do it.

    14. I started the book not impressed and ended the book not impressed. I wasn't blown away by Ward's writing, which I did not find poetic or beautiful (Kundera is my standard for breathtaking prose). However, the story line is solid and Ward tries to give an acute portrayal of the twelve days leading up to Katrina for the Batiste family.There are many reasons this novel didn't work. For one, Ward fails in many key descriptions. While she can minutely detail the beauty of the woods, in other areas, s [...]

    15. Brutal and savage story told almost entirely in the present tense. I found it both repelling and compelling. In my opinion it had little to do with Katrina (the hurricane) and more to do about surviving in a savage land. Most of the descriptive writing is eloquent, but at times it could have used better editing. Now I'm looking for something that does not use the word detritus once.

    16. 5/18/13 I just re-read this for a workshop I am teaching. Still love every raw bit of this book. Be prepared though's the kind of book that wrecks you.3/19/12 I feel like I want to write a love letter to this author. This book just earned a spot on my list of all-time favorites.It is the story of fourteen year old Esch and her family who live in the Bois Sauvage in rural Mississippi. It takes place over the ten days leading up to Hurricane Katrina. Esch's mother is dead, her father is a drunk, a [...]

    17. O romance ”No Coração da Tempestade” venceu o National Book Award for Fiction em 2011, segunda obra da jovem escritora norte-americana Jesmyn Ward (n. 1977). A acção de ”No Coração da Tempestade” decorre durante doze dias, cada dia é um capítulo; numa zona denominada de Bois Sauvage, nas proximidades do Golfo do México e do rio Mississippi, e da pequena vila de St. Catherine, no Louisiana, com o furacão Katrina a fustigar aquela área no décimo primeiro dia. ”No Coração da [...]

    18. Wow, this was a rough book to read from page one. I understand that the author wanted to paint a vivid picture of poverty in the present day South, but I feel like she painted this picture in a bubble. At times it felt artificial, like she was trying too hard and as if the story was taking place in 1890. Maybe that was her point. But what I really didn’t get was the whole point of the book at the end. This wasn’t a story of struggle, determination, inspiration and hope. It was just a story t [...]

    19. There are a few "too recent" things that have happened in our country's history that I find difficult to read about yet, primarily because everyone jumped on the bandwagon of wanting to write about them the minute they happened and it was too much for me because I had my own feels about what had happened. Those two things are 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina.This book is about Hurricane Katrina.Except it's not entirely about that. It's a big part of the story, and it refuses to be ignored, but it's no [...]

    20. Ward is taking the mantle from Morrison in writing brilliant, well considered, thoughtful, lyrical novels that are completely depressing. I'm sitting at home typing this review on my Surface Pro while sipping my Orange & Spice tea (with a tiny little kick added…a half a tbsp of Grand Marnier). I live in comfort. Within the limits of my control, I'm not too concerned about my future. As I contemplate my future, Ward is there tapping on my skull, telling me all is not well. Drawing an all to [...]

    21. The terrible truth of what I am flares like a dry fall fire in my stomach, eating all the fallen pine needles.Jesmyn Ward's powerful second novel tells the story of a desperately poor family in the Mississippi backwoods as hurricane Katrina approaches. The narrator, 15-year-old Esch, is pregnant. She lives with her three brothers and alcoholic, widowed father. What makes this book stand out from many similar novels, is that although it's depressing, there is so much love and tenderness here - be [...]

    22. "We hid it. I learned how to cry so that almost no tears leaked out of my eyes, so that I swallowed the hot salty water of them and felt them running down my throat."Beautiful writing. Brutal story.

    23. Salvage the Bones is a Hurricane Katrina story that won the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction. That's all I knew when I requested a copy from my local library and I figured I couldn't go wrong with reading this book. Sigh. I did. I wanted to like it. It had all of the right ingredients for a powerful novel. Characters were conflicted with themselves, each other, and nature. There was room for characters to develop and change throughout the story. The backdrop was one of the worst disasters Am [...]

    24. By far the most difficult book to trudge through that I've read this year, or in recent history for that matter. Over-stylized + over-aestheticized to the point of being nearly unreadable. A deft reader can sense, from the first page, just how much Ward wants to dazzle with her language—and there are certainly moments where she does—but it feels as if the only motivation and purpose of Salvage the Bones is to demonstrate that Jesmyn Ward can write sentences. She never uses one simile when sh [...]

    25. Salvage the Bones has been heralded as a testament to the endurance of those of have faced Katrina. Although Katrina does make an appearance at the end of this book, it is more a story about family:Esch, the only girl among men who turns to her mythology books and her mother’s memory for guidance, Randall, eldest brother who hopes his athletic prowess will be his ticket to college Skeetah, full of temerity; whole-heartedly devoted to his pit bull, ChinaAnd Junior, the son who will never know h [...]

    26. Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/3.5 StarsSalvage the Bones follows the Batiste family through 12 days in August of 2005 as they prepare to ride out what starts as a tropical depression, but ends up turning into Hurricane Katrina. As the impoverished family attempts to scrape together enough scrap wood to board the house and a stockpile of food and water to last them a few days, they are also forced to come to terms with their past, present and future. The past is a mother who died givin [...]

    27. Extremely brutal and gritty, but such a celebration of what a family is and how a family takes care of each other in less than ideal situations. Their mother dead, their father a drunk, the four siblings do their best to raise themselves and take care of each other. Their fighting pitbull China, is the focus of much of their attention as she has puppies that need to be tended to. The hurricane is coming, they are trying to stock food and water, and the tension mounts. When the hurricane comes, m [...]

    28. A gritty, honest (I believe) soul searing book that engrossed me and made me very angry. America need not have people living in such desperate poverty. I am angry at the 'system', at the politicians who won't do anything to change the system, and at myself and others who feel powerless to make the necessary changes. Too many of us are greedy, self centered, and wear blinders. Thank you to Jesmyn Ward for opening my eyes and my heart wider.

    29. Ok. I have to admit it. I felt an abundance of awe while reading Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward. The sort of awe-inspiring admiration an avid reader’s experience, while reading a novel whose lyrical prose is so breathtaking, that you know you’ve just discovered your new favorite author. Ward has received numerous notable attentions for this novel, including the National Book Award for fiction. After reading it, I can undoubtedly understand the reason the accolades were given. The novel beg [...]

    30. This will definitely be on my top ten list for 2012. Salvage the Bones tells the story of a family in the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina. It also deals with Katrina and the aftermath but the majority of the book is pre Katrina. (Which is not to say you aren't aware of her, her presence is felt and growing and since it is, obviously, based on a real event, you as a reader know how bad things will be.) It is told through the eyes of fifteen year old Esch and your heart is hers from the first [...]

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