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Salvage the Bones

Thoughts by Jesmyn Ward, Bloomsbury 2011, 261 pages

Challenge: Longlist TOB Favorites

Genre/Theme: Contemporary Lit/Katrina Hurricane

Type/Source: Hardcover / Gift from friend

What It’s About: This is the story of 12 days leading up to and just after Hurricane Katrina hitting the coast of Mississippi near the town of St. Catherine and its hamlet Bois Sauvage, home to Esch, a 15 yo girl, — and her drunk father, her 3 brothers, and those boys’ friends, plus the fighting dog China and her newly born pups.

Thoughts: Brutal, raw, intense. I read with my fingers covering my eyes. A tough go, really.

And suddenly there is a great split between now and then, and I wonder where the world where that day happened has gone because we are not in it.

Rating: Four slices of pie. Lemon Meringue

“They were growing then, but still small as the peaks of cream on lemon meringue pie with hard knots at the middle.”

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