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Salvage the Bones
JESMYN WARD

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
214 reviews (2011) (272p)
National Book Award Winner #0
Library Journal Best Books 2011: More of the Best #1

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Book Description
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.


Other Award Winning Books by Jesmyn Ward
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
354 reviews (2017) (304p) (NYT Top10) (Amazon Top10Lit) (PW Top10) (WP Top10) (Time Top10) (NBCCA) (NBA) (NYTimes) (TIME) (Amazon)
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SALVAGE THE BONES by Jesmyn Ward
205 reviews (2012) (272p) (NYT100)
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Jesmyn Ward Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 3  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 2  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 0  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 1 Sing, Unburied, Sing ·  
National Book Award Wins 2 Salvage the Bones · Sing, Unburied, Sing ·  
National Book Award Nominations 2 Salvage the Bones · Sing, Unburied, Sing ·  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 0  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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