Wednesday, August 31, 2011


My second novel, Salvage the Bones, is out today. The cover is beautiful, isn't it? I always imagined that I'd do an interview for the novel, and a special picture would accompany it: me, hair wild, wearing a tank top and cut off jean shorts, barefoot, Mississippi green wild all around me, holding a leash while a dog, big and red, stands at my feet, mouth open, teeth white. Both of us, grinning. I'm getting generous reviews and given several good interviews, but this hasn't happened yet. I'm still hoping.

This is the story of a girl growing up in a world of men, a tale about her brother and his pit bull, a novel about a family in the maw of Hurricane Katrina. This is about tragedy: this is about hope.

Go now. Buy it. Read it. You'll love it. 







25 comments:

Elizabeth Swift said...

congratulations. I am placing a hold on your book right now.

Andressa C. said...

Great.

AALBC.com said...

Hi Jesmyn congrats on being a finalist for the National Book Award. I created a page for you on AALBC.com: http://aalbc.it/jesmyn Let me know if anything should be changed -- thanks.

Betty Louise Rutan Erbe said...

I read your book "Salvage the Bones" at one setting. Could not put it down. The people came alive with your words. Excellent book! Please write more!

Olivia Tejeda tejeda said...

Beautiful words. Congratulations on winning the NBA.

Jim Mather said...

Congratulations. I am so happy for you. My daughter is going to study creative writing at USA starting in the fall. You're an inspiration!

Jennifer said...

Congratulations! Your book is selling very well at the independent bookstore where I work in Portland, OR. We have it featured on our front table. I just bought my copy & can't wait to start it tonight.

All best to you!

http://kvetchmom.wordpress.com

Maryte said...

Jesmyn, I'm very sorry to hear that you and your family were treated poorly after Katrina. If you had come to our house, or the houses of any of our neighbors (black and white) here on the coast, they would have gone out into the yard and let your family rest inside. Please don't let this example of inconsiderate behavior blind you to the goodness of most of the people around you and the real changes that have occurred in Mississippi.

My best wishes for all of your endeavors.

820am said...

congratulations!!! getting your book today and can't wait to read it. and thank you for this post on writing, rejection and the power of one yes. it is very helpful. i just sent my first book-child out into the world...we'll see where he/she lands. xo annette

ARTzine online said...

A gentleman by the name of Peter Ho Davies recommended that I read this book. This morning I read a brief, interesting, review in the NY times..( what the heck does 'headiness of the language' mean anyway?) so needless to say I'm being hunted by the book which means that it's in the stars for me to read it. It's a bit threatening to know that it won the NBA, puts pressure on readers like me ( common reader) to like it or appreciate it .. I'm going to get it today and read it.

o. Jimenez

julie degni marr said...

I just finished reading it. Speechless. IT IS PHENOMENAL AND YOU ARE AMAZING.

JCF said...

My take (don't want to call it a "review") is at the T-Wall (Book Forum).

{If this is a hint to come visit us, so much the better!}

Anonymous said...

I am 65 years old, live in Australia and read a LOT. I ordered Salvage the Bones from my local bookshop and it is absolutely the best book I have ever read. I had to read most sentences more than once because I was so in awe of the writing style. I haven't come across a writer this good, this fresh, this UNIQUE in a long, long time. Thank you Jesmyn. Esch and her family will stay with me forever. This book is destined to become a classic. Sally McDonald

Dera Williams said...

I was a guest blogger for the Southern Writers tour. I featured Salvage the Bone.

http://fullbodiedbooks.blogspot.co.uk/

Dera Williams

Jessica Gottlieb said...

Loved it, couldn't put it down... it's one of the best books I've read in the past dozen years.

I have one tiny bit of feedback and you can delete this comment after you've read it.

Eggs cannot be hardboiled the day they've been laid. They need a week or two in the refrigerator before they'll hard boil.

Even with that the book was perfect.

Snow said...

heyyy is there anyone that read Salvage the Bones that would help to answers some questions? Please I need help because I'm reading it for class and their no website that i could reference too.

Thanks, From a girl that totally needs someone's help.

Dera Williams said...

What do you need Snow?

Sheryl McGovern said...

Hello, congratulations on your book! Our library book group will be discussing it on March 6, 6pm CST, and wondered if you would be interested in talking to us at that time using Skype or Google+? My email is mcgovern.sheryl@gmail.com if you are interested. Thanks.

Robin Nourie said...

Dear Ms. Ward - I just finished reading "Salvage the Bones" and I am so blown away by the experience that I had to find a way to write to you. I am a big reader and an English teacher but this is my first attempt to contact a novelist, simply because I want to express my gratitude for such a gorgeous book. I love its lyricism, its mythic quality - how the messages about love, loss, family, even the savage impulse transcend what is by itself an amazing story. Thank you, thank you. As one of your readers said, this story will stay with me for all time.

Handgathered said...

Jesmyn, I just finished Salvage the Bones. What a wonderful story. I love novels that take me and put me in their family with their stories. You have done just that! I will hunt for your other novel next.
Wonderful. A

joseph ferguson said...

As with too many authors on tour, you seem to forget that those in the audience know how to read. Nothing is more annoying than being read to---I can do that myself when I buy the book---as if we are children. What we need are the background facts and insights that will make reading the book more enjoyable, information only you, as the writer, have. Please remember this for future appearances: don't read, provide those details from your research that will make reading the book, your memoir in this case, exciting.

Roddington said...

Love your memoir too especially after reading salvage bones
That those dog fights are part of your real life is amazing
Your voice is so powerful
I also read swamplandia by Russell
And spent hours paralleling your work and hers
Happy to read such wonderful books
Thank you

Anonymous said...

It saddens me to know that your life is/was how you describe it in Men We Reaped. No one should have to deal with those issues.

saphiresunset said...

Salvage the Bones is the pick for our book club this month. When I finished reading the part where China is killing one of her pups and the dad is losing his hand, my head was exploding! I LOVED how you wove both of those intense/similar moments together. I loved all the metaphor/simile/fig.language. The line where you say,, "the scar makes what remains more beautiful," to me is the essence of the story. Such scarred lives, but such beauty as a result. Such love.
I'd love to pick your brain on all the use of color: pink, red,white, gold, gray. And your use of light: sun shining and then the shadows, the gray. On pg. 193 in particular when the sun shined on Skeetah and China. Shines on what is pure or what is perceived as pure/love?
Anyhow, I LOVED it! I cried when they were in the attic of the grandparents and the dad had the pic of mama. I cried in lots of that part. I lived through Hurricane Sandy on the coast of NJ so it was very real for me.Thank you for your story.

Voodoo said...

"When I hear people talking about the fact that they think we live in a post-racial America, … it blows my mind, because I don’t know that place. I’ve never lived there. … If one day, … they’re able to pick up my work and read it and see … the characters in my books as human beings and feel for them, then I think that that is a political act" - I read you books and I just saw this comment from an interview you did - I am a white girl and you're right about racism but it exists in the black community as well. Please don't doubt that for a second.