Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward audiobook

Salvage the Bones

By Jesmyn Ward
Read by Cherise Boothe

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Jesmyn Ward, two-time National Book Award winner and author of Sing, Unburied, Sing, delivers a gritty but tender novel about family and poverty in the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina. 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. Meanwhile, 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 make up the novel’s framework yield to their dramatic conclusion, this unforgettable family—motherless children sacrificing for one another as they can, protecting and nurturing where love is scarce—pulls itself up to face another day. A big-hearted novel about familial love and community against all odds, and a wrenching look at the lonesome, brutal, and restrictive realities of rural poverty, Salvage the Bones is muscled with poetry, revelatory, and real.

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Summary

Summary

National Book Award Winner

A London Guardian Pick of the Top 10 Books of Eco-Fiction

A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year 

A Washington Post Best Book of the Year

A BookRiot Pick of Best Series on Audio

New York Times Notable Book

Kansas City Star Top 100 Book of the Year

NPR bestseller

Jesmyn Ward, two-time National Book Award winner and author of Sing, Unburied, Sing, delivers a gritty but tender novel about family and poverty in the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina.

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. Meanwhile, 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 make up the novel’s framework yield to their dramatic conclusion, this unforgettable family—motherless children sacrificing for one another as they can, protecting and nurturing where love is scarce—pulls itself up to face another day. A big-hearted novel about familial love and community against all odds, and a wrenching look at the lonesome, brutal, and restrictive realities of rural poverty, Salvage the Bones is muscled with poetry, revelatory, and real.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Masterful…Salvage the Bones has the aura of a classic about it.” Washington Post
"Salvage the Bones is an intense book, with powerful, direct prose that dips into poetic metaphor…We are immersed in Esch’s world, a world in which birth and death nestle close, where there is little safety except that which the siblings create for each other. That close-knit familial relationship is vivid and compelling, drawn with complexities and detail.” Los Angeles Times
“Ward’s writing is startling in its graphic clarity…[This] author has an unusual gift.” Boston Globe
“[A] searing, understated, and big-hearted novel.” Salon
“[A] poetic second novel…Esch traces in the minutiae of every moment of every scene of her life the thin lines between passion and violence, love and hate, life and death…Her voice… [gives the book’s] cast of small lives a huge resonance.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Ward uses fearless, toughly lyrical language to convey this family’s close-knit tenderness [and] the sheer bloody-minded difficulty of rural African American life… It’s an eye-opening heartbreaker that ends in hope… You owe it to yourself to read this book.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Without a false note…A superbly realized work of fiction that, while Southern to the bone, transcends its region to become universal.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Jesmyn Ward

Author Bio: Jesmyn Ward

Jesmyn Ward is the winner of two National Book Awards for Fiction for Sing, Unburied, Sing and Salvage the Bones. Her memoir Men We Reaped was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize and the Media for a Just Society Award. She is an associate professor of creative writing at Tulane University.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 9.90
Audience: Adult
Language: English