Jesmyn Ward won the National Book Award for fiction with her latest novel Salvage the Bones, a heart-wrenching story of a black family from Mississippi struggling to survive during the time leading up to and during Hurricane Katrina. Inspired in part by her own life and the experiences of her community during Hurricane Katrina, Ward succeeds in giving us a vivid picture of the struggles within our own country.
What makes the novel so powerful, though, is the way Ward winds private passions with that menace gathering force out in the Gulf of Mexico. Without a hint of pretension, in the simple lives of these poor people living among chickens and abandoned cars, she evokes the tenacious love and desperation of classical tragedy. – Ron Charles, The Washington PostDisclosure: RebelMom.com has an affiliate relationship with iTunes & Amazon, which means that purchasing music or books via the links helps support RebelMom.com. However, the choices of music and books are editorially independent from those sites. All content on this page has been chosen by myself or readers without any financial recognition from iTunes, Amazon.com, the artists, or authors.