14 Incredible Instashots of Jesmyn Ward’s ‘Salvage the Bones’

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Jesmyn Ward, as you know, has been topping my reading lists in recent months. After trying out Sing, Unburied, Sing, earlier this year, I knew I needed more of her books in my collection (and my life). Salvage the Bones, Ward’s first fictional effort, is one helluva hurricane account that is as stirring as Katrina herself. After finishing it, the experience only cemented the Mississippi-born writer as my favorite this year. Words cannot express how much I love this woman’s contributions to literature, even more so to know she studied in my native Michigan. I am taking the pledge, I will finish Ward’s entire canon before year’s end. And I encourage you to do the same.

About Salvage the Bones:

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 doesnt 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. Meanwhile, brothers Randall and Junior try to stake their claim in a family long on child’s play and short on parenting.

To celebrate Jesmyn Ward’s National Book Award-winning novel, here are the coolest Instasnaps of Salvage the Bones!
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Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward (Bloomsbury). The calm before the storm is usually just a metaphor, but bot so in Salvage the Bones. In the clearing in the woods where they live, Esch and her family hunker down for an oncoming hurricane that has prompted the government to call for mandatory evacuations. But Katrina isn't the type of storm to wash up and over your house. "Katrina surprised everyone with her uncompromising strength," Esch says after the water has receded with pieces of their house in its currents, "her forcefulness, the way she lingered, she made things happen that had never happened before." As the storm builds, the family recalls the others they have weathered, those that Katrina will decimate in comparison. You kind of fill up with panic when you realize Esch's family won't leave. Ward is as good a writer whether she's musing about sun-scorched living on the bayou or describing the murderous waters of Katrina's grip, and this novel has as much heart as a literary page-turner like All the Light We Cannot See and as much soul as the best of Zora Neale Hurston.

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