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'Salvage the Bones" is a woman's coming-of-age story in the face of a devastating hurricane, written by Jesmyn Ward. Esche lives near the small Mississippi town of Bois Sauvage. Her family is extremely poor, and she lost her mother to the birth of her youngest brother, Junior, many years ago. This tragedy caused her father to become an alcoholic, and as a result the siblings—herself, Randall, and Skeetah, who are both older than her, and Junior—have extraordinarily strong bonds and interdependencies between them. Skeetah, in particular, who Esche seems closest too in many ways, has a peculiarly nurturing side to him, and in fact the novel opens with him helping his dog, China, give birth to a litter of puppies. The significance of these puppies is soon very apparent, though Skeetah does plan to sell them as fighting animals. While Skeetah tends to the puppies and Daddy makes light preparations...