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Salvage The Bones by Jesmyn Ward.. A hard, good novel about Katrina. Won the National Book Award, but that’s no reason to dismiss it. Ward reaches deep, and the fearsome storm’s effects on a family will chill you.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"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

"The novel’s power comes from the dread of the approaching storm and a pair of violent climaxes. The first is a dog fight, an appalling spectacle given emotional depth by Skeetah’s love for the pit bull China (their bond is the strongest and most affecting in the book). When the hurricane strikes, Ms. Ward endows it, too, with attributes maternal and savage: ‘Katrina is the mother we will remember until the next mother with large merciless hands, committed to blood, comes."

The Wall Street Journal

Author bio: Jesmyn Ward is a former Stegner fellow at Stanford and Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi. Her novels, Where the Line Bleeds and Salvage the Bones, are both set on the Mississippi coast where she grew up. Bloomsbury will publish her memoir about an epidemic of deaths of young black men in her community. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Alabama. More information can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/Jesmyn-Ward/e/B001JOW9NW/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Book Details: General Fiction; (261 pp. Katrinafying: Kindle/Print editions)

Publisher Website: http://www.bloomsburyusa.com/books/catalog/salvage_the_bones_hc_220

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