Saturday, May 25, 2013

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Salvage the BonesSalvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the story of a family in Mississippi, a family who struggles daily, and their preparations for Hurricane Katrina.  Esch, the fifteen-year-old female narrator, has three brothers and so desperately seeks male approval (and the avoidance of disapproval) she discovers she's pregnant after a few encounters with her brothers friend.  Their mother is deceased and their father is an alcoholic.  The four kids are largely on their own, but their father does start preparations for the Hurricane.  His preparations, of course, are meager in the face of Category 5 Katrina.

Family, loyalty, dog fighting, struggle and survival and strength.  And poetry.  The story is written with wonderful metaphors so the reader sees and experiences everything along with Esch.  Definitely worth reading (and underlining passages)!

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