Readers' Review: "Salvage The Bones" By Jesmyn Ward
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For our February Readers’ Review: a novel set near the Mississippi coast in the days leading up to and right after Hurricane Katrina. "Salvage the Bones" by Jesmyn Ward won the 2011 National Book Award and became a best-seller. It tells the story of a dirt poor African American family. They prepare for one of the worst storms in American history as best as they can. They cannot evacuate, as their white neighbors do. But they have each other. And that becomes the key to their survival. Diane and her guests discuss this story of love and loyalty, resilience and rebirth.
professor of African American literature and chair of the English department, Howard University.
poet; director, African American Resource Center at Howard University; board chair, Institute for Policy Studies.
executive director, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP); former assistant secretary for children and families, Health and Human Services in the Clinton administration; author of "Reforming Child Welfare."
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Excerpted from "Salvage The Bones" by Jesmyn Ward. Copyright © 2012 by Jesmyn Ward. Excerpted by permission of Bloomsbury USA. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.