Salvage the Bones

Introduction

Salvage the Bones is a 2011 novel by Jesmyn Ward and was the 2011 recipient of the National Book Award for Fiction.[1] The novel explores the plight of a working class African American family in Mississippi as they prepare for Katrina and follows them through the aftermaths of the storm.[1] Ward, who had lived through the Katrina, wrote the novel, after being very "dissatisifed with the way [Katrina] had receded from public consciousness".[2]

In an interview with the Paris Review, Ward said she drew inspiration from, Medea and the works of Faulkner.[2]


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