Salvage the Bones

Salvage the Bones
by Jesmyn Ward
2011 – 272 pages
Rating 1

Okay –  I really disliked the book – actively.   I should go answer the questions about why people finish books.  I guess I finished because I was curious about Katrina but by the time I got to that part I was about 3/4 finished anyway.   Then I was curious how it would end. (ho-hum)  I skimmed a lot – I had to,  what with the subject matter.  I would not recommend this book to anyone not vitally interested in dog fighting,  very young, promiscuous and pregnant girls and lots of body fluids.
I bought the book because it was the National Book Award winner and being discussed here –  also it promised to be about Katrina and the forgotten poor people of the area.   All that sounded fine.  What I got feels now like I was hit by a hurricane of sex and violence in a world where people really are animals and pregnant children have very frequent and graphic bathroom issues even if they do read classical lit.  Okay – yes – it’s stunning.

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