You really just need to pick up Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward. I could just end my review right there.
But I guess I won’t. I’ll tell you a little more.
Over the course of twelve days, you learn about a poor family in Mississippi, before, during, and after a large hurricane sweeps through town. You may have heard of this hurricane. It’s Katrina.
Esch’s father is very concerned about the hurricane, but he doesn’t stay sober enough to make sure all of the plans go through properly. Esch hasn’t been feeling well, and has an inkling of why her stomach seems to be growing. Her brother Skeetah is consumed with his fighting dog and her puppies. Esch’s brothers Randall and Junior don’t really seem to have specific places where they fit in.
As the days loom closer to the hurricane’s arrival, as a reader, I was nervous for them! I kept thinking: how can they be experiencing daily life when they need to be so much more prepared? But Esch’s family had no way of knowing what would happen. . . and what would happen to them.
What kind of natural disasters do you have where you live?