New College professor Dr. David Mullins wants to convince you that Salvage the Bones should be the next One Book. He sent us this:
“Salvage the Bones“ is a tale, beautifully told by Jesmyn Ward. The main story centers about a very poor family living in coastal Mississippi struggling to survive, who eventually must deal with the powerful storm surge of Katrina. The story is derived from the author’s personal experiences. The beauty of the story largely comes from the author’s ability to bring each character to life. Each character has a plan of escape from their hardship – the teenage girl Esch through her books (her current fascination is with Jason and Medea), her brother Randall through a basketball scholarship, her brother Skeetah through raising pit bulls. The youngest brother Junior escapes under the house, and the Father escapes through the bottle as well as through memories of his wife. By the end, all dreams are broken, the last being crushed by the storm. Yet, the family somehow feels stronger than at the start. And that is the magic of the book.
What do you think? Is it time to cast your vote for Salvage the Bones?