Salvage the Bones: A Novel
Salvage the Bones: A Novel
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Annotation: Set in the days surrounding Hurricane Katrina, this story examines an impoverished, dysfunctional rural family as they first prepare for, then start to recover from, the storm.
Catalog Number: #5003989
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Copyright Date: 2011
Edition Date: 2011
Pages: 261 p.
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-608-19522-8
ISBN 13: 978-1-608-19522-0
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2010053025
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Reviewing Agencies:
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
ALA Booklist
Library Journal
New York Times Book Review
Publishers Weekly
Wilson's Children's Catalog
Wilson's High School Catalog
Word Count: 85,559
Reading Level: 5.3
Interest Level: 9+
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.3 / points: 13.0 / quiz: 152039 / grade: Upper Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.7 / points:20.0 / quiz:Q56933
Lexile: 890L

A stunning new voice from the Gulf Coast delivers a gritty but tender novel about family and poverty in the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina. Winner of the 2011 National Book Award 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.