Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward 

“China. She will return, standing tall and straight, the milk burned out of her. She will look down on the circle of light we have made in the Pit and she will know that I have kept watch, that I have fought. China will bark and call me sister. In the star-suffocated sky, there is a great waiting silence. 

She will know that I am a mother.”

Salvage the Bones is a heart wrenching tale of an African American family living in poverty in southern Mississippi leading up to the days of Katrina. Randall, Skeet, Esch, and Junior journey through life without a mother and an alcoholic father who is obsessed with preparing for another hurricane. The family endures many set backs and hard times but in the end stick together to survive. 

I highly recommend this book. It tells of what living through Katrina was like and the importance of family. Also, it’s a southern contemporary novel that really speaks volumes about the poverty that still exists today. 


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