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Book of the Week: Salvage the Bones 8/30
Every week, we'll be letting you know about new releases the editors at O and Oprah.com couldn't stop reading. On sale
today, the novel:
By Jesmyn Ward
The heart-breaking setup: Pregnant, motherless, 14-year-old Esch lives with her 3 brothers in the hardscrabble deep country of Mississippi.
The plot twist: Hurricane Katrina is gathering steam off the Gulf of Mexico—while the family fails to prepare for its arrival, focusing instead of a new batch of pit bulls that may (or may not) bring them $800.
The true-life irony: Even in a time of impending disaster, we still care about the ordinary things: why the person we love doesn't love us back, why we still miss those who we have lost, and if (and when?) we will ever grow up and be the person we want to be.
The hard-to-face Southern poverty we all should know about: dog fights, squirrel hunting, black kids in white schools, warm sugar juice, dinners of raw Top Ramen noodles and "potted meat."
The natural Southern beauty we all need to see: "Bits of sunlight bite through the tops of the pines that murmur once and twice and are quiet...A rabbits sits, watching us as we make the halfway mark about the circle of the field...It twitches its ears, stares at us in profile, one large black eye like a wet marble in its face, wide and glazed as if it seeing something supernatural."
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