‘Salvage The Bones’ A Novel About A Family Surviving Hurricane Katrina Wins National Book Award

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Salvage The Bones


The story of a poor black family struggling to weather the horrors of Hurricane Katrina has won the National Book Award for fiction.

Jesmyn Ward’s second novel Salvage the Bones beat books including Téa Obrecht’s Orange prize-winning title The Tiger’s Wife to win the prestigious US prize, worth $10,000. Set in Mississippi, in the coastal town of Bois Sauvage just before Katrina hits, Salvage the Bones tells of Esch, 15 and pregnant, and her three brothers as they search for food and try to protect each other.

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