Wow, it’s already Thursday. I can’t believe how fast the weeks fly by now. Today I’m spotlighting a book called Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward for you. This novel is getting some great reviews on Amazon and among bloggers that are reviewing it. It’s been described as being full of despair yet one of the most powerful books they’ve read. Unfortunately, it was the wrong time to read it for me. You know how there are times in your life where the subject matter in a book will just be too hard for you and that’s how I felt here. This is not to say it’s not a book that others will like and for that reason I wanted to spotlight the book and give others a chance to enter and win their own copy. So let’s see what the book is about and learn a bit about the author. Be sure to check out the giveaway at the end of the post as well!
About Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
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.
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.
About Jesmyn Ward
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.
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward is currently on tour with TLC Book Tours. Be sure to check out the other tour stops to see what others think of the book. You can purchase your own copy of Salvage the Bones here in the US and here in Canada.
I have one copy of Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward to share with my readers…
- For 1 entry leave a comment entering the giveaway
- For 2 entries, follow my blog. If you already do, thank you, and please let me know in your comment so I can pass the extra entry on to you as well.
- For 3 entries, blog or tweet this giveaway and spread the word.
This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winner on Saturday, October 22/11. Good luck everyone!