I finished Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward the other night. Although I had to take several breaks from reading, because of its intensity, I thought it was really wonderful. I pretty much wept through the last two chapters.
Reading a synopsis, you might almost think that it’s an alternate setup to John Mulaney’s “new in town" bit - Esch is fourteen, her brother fights dogs, Katrina is about to hit, and she’s pregnant.
But Esch is such an enlightened, enlightening narrator, that it’s OK. This isn’t misery porn. Esch stands tall, unblinking, and faces everything that’s thrown her way. I loved these characters, I loved Ward’s writing. I plan on seeking out her first book, Where the Line Bleeds, and I’m excited for what’s next.
Ooh, and I can loan the e-book to someone for two weeks. Let me know if you want to try it out!