Salvage the Bones

Jesmyn Ward

Published by Bloomsbury USA, 2011
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Signed by author. Winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction. This book was signed at the book premier event in Ward's hometown community of Pass Christian, fictionalized in the novel as St. Catherine. First edition/first printing. Unread. New. . This book predates the award sticker announcing National Book Award finalist- no sticker ever on this book. It was opened only for author to sign on title page. Book is protected in a mylar cover and will be shipped to you in a box. Copy of our signed event announcement from book premiere event in Ward's hometown and locale of Salvage the Bones included. This is Ward's second novel. Her first is Where the Line Bleeds, published in paperback only. The first print run of Salvage the Bones was small; subsequently, signed copies are very rare. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: 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.

About the Author:

Jesmyn Ward grew up in DeLisle, Mississippi. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won five Hopwood Awards for essays, drama, and fiction. She has been a Stegner Fellow at Stanford and a Grisham Visiting Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi. She is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of South Alabama. Her debut novel, Where the Line Bleeds, was an Essence Book Club selection, a Black Caucus of the ALA Honor Award recipient, and a finalist for both the Virginia Commonwealth University Cabell First Novelist Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.

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Title: Salvage the Bones
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication Date: 2011
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: New
Edition: 1st Edition

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