Afro Reads book club – Jesmyn Ward – Salvage the Bones

Sat 29 July 2017 14:15 – 16:15

Hi Ladies, This will be the 4th meeting of the Afro Reads book club for women from the African, Afro-Caribbean and Afro-American communities. The book club will usually meet every six weeks and the cost will be £4 + 84p booking fee per person and refreshments will be provided.

The book selection for this month is Jesmyn Ward – Savage the Bones

A brief summary

A hurricane is building over the Gulf of Mexico, threatening the coastal town of Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, and Esch’s father is growing concerned. A hard drinker, largely absent, he doesn’t show concern for much else. Esch and her three brothers are stocking food, but there isn’t much to save. Lately, Esch can’t keep down what food she gets; she’s fourteen and pregnant. Her brother Skeetah is sneaking scraps for his prized pitbull’s new litter, dying one by one in the dirt. While 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 comprise the novel’s framework yield to the final day and Hurricane Katrina, the unforgettable family at the novel’s heart–motherless children sacrificing for each other as they can, protecting and nurturing where love is scarce–pulls itself up to struggle for another day. A wrenching look at the lonesome, brutal, and restrictive realities of rural poverty, Salvage the Bone is muscled with poetry, revelatory, and real.