Friday, March 8, 2013

Salvage the bones

By: Jesmyn Ward
Location: FIC WAR
Genre: Drama, family and disaster
Winner: National Book Award

This book was written with Hurricane Katrina as its base, the stories of poverty, family brutality and desperation all come in and around Katrina. I wonder actually when New Zealand will get some powerful novels written in a similar vein from the Christchurch earthquakes. The venue might be different, the disaster different, but the toll on human living and existing- maybe is the same.

Here is a great review from Goodreads about this book: Pam Gardow
Salvage the Bones is a fabulous family drama that takes place during the days immediately before and after Hurricane Katrina. Fourteen year old Esch has just discovered she is pregnant, and struggles to help her alcoholic father and three brothers keep their motherless family together in the face of extreme poverty. The characters are intensely real and fully formed. Powerful, raw, heartbreaking, yet wonderfully hopeful, this is one of the most beautifully written books I've read in a long time. I loved this book!

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