Finished “Salvage the Bones” by Jesmyn Ward last night. What a powerful and incredibly sad book. Even though this won The National Book Award, I don’t think I would have ever read this on my own if it wasn’t the book club read. I typically tend to shy away from sad books but I’m really glad that I read this.
The main character, Esch, was such an interesting character and her story was truly heartbreaking. While there wasn’t lengthy dialogue, Ward gives such rich, detailed descriptions of the Louisiana town and the characters that I felt like I could perfectly visualize everything that was happening…for better or worse.
This book definitely gets an A. But if you’re already having a rough day, I don’t know if I’d recommend reading it. This novel weighed heavy on me, and it really made me reflect on how quick our society has been to forget about the damage done by Katrina.
Up next is “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” by Laini Taylor.