The 2011 National Book Award winner for fiction, Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones (Bloomsbury USA, $24), recounts 12 days in the lives of a poor, motherless, rural Mississippi family as Hurricane Katrina builds up and then hits their dilapidated home. The characters—including pregnant 14-year-old narrator Esch, her drunken father, feckless brothers, pit bull China and the unloving father of Esch’s baby—are deftly drawn and placed in a situation that would be trying for less imperfect people. Wrenching but worth it.
Best of the City 2017
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