Reading Group - Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
Welcome to a cozy evening meeting in the bookshop to discuss the month’s book Salvage the Bones. During the evening we’ll talk about the book and enjoy each other’s company as well as a nice cuppa’ tea and some delicious cake. And you get 10% discount on everything!
The cost is only 50:- + book 130:-. (Oh, that includes the delicious cake as well!) Limited number of participants (max 10), so talk to the book- sellers and book your seat today.
Uppsala: Wed March 14th / Thu March 15th at 7 pm
Stockholm: Tue March 20th / Wed March 21st at 7 pm
- Download the Reading Group poster
- Read more about Jesmyn Ward and her experiences in her own personal statement.
- Listen to Jesmyn Ward on Outlook, BBC World Service, talking about Salvage the Bones and her experience of Hurricane Katrina.
- Read the Guardian interview: 'Jesmyn Ward: I wanted to write about the people of the south'
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
A hurricane is building over the Gulf of Mexico, threatening the coastal town of Bois Sauvage, Missis- sippi, and Esch’s father is growing concerned.
He’s a hard drinker, largely absent, and it isn’t often he worries about the family. Esch and her three brothers are stocking up on food, but there isn’t much to save. Lately, Esch can’t keep down what food she gets; at fifteen, she has just realized that she’s pregnant. Her brother Skeetah is sneaking scraps for his prized pit bull’s new litter, dying one by one. 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 a 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.
Jesmyn Ward grew up in DeLisle, Mississippi. She received her MFA f rom the University of Michigan, where she won five Hopwood awards for essays, drama, and fiction. A Stegner Fellow at Stanford from 2008 to 2010, she is currently the Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi. 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. salvage the bones is her second novel and is the Winner of the 2011 National Book Award in Fiction.