Salvage The Bones

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012012061120120611 (R4)

By Jesmyn Ward.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne.

It is 2005. Hurricane Katrina is forming out in the Gulf. In rural Mississippi, Skeetah's dog China is giving birth to a set of puppies. Skeetah's younger sister Esch watches. She is distracted by the arrival of Manny, the boy she loves.

Fifteen-year-old Esch is the narrator of the novel. She lives in poverty with her brothers and her father in the Mississippi woods near the small town of Bois Sauvage. Skeetah's beloved pit-bull, China, is a fighting dog and her puppies will be trained to fight too, if they survive. Esch's mother died giving birth to her youngest brother Junior. The only other people in Esch's world are her father, her older brother Randall and her brother's friends. They include Manny, who she worships and gives herself too freely, without getting any love or respect in return.

Salvage The Bones won the 2011 National Book Award in America. It is Jesmyn Ward's second novel and is based on her own experience of Hurricane Katrina and growing up black and in a poor family in rural Mississippi. She is currently the Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi.

Read by Cush Jumbo.

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

0220120612

By Jesmyn Ward.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne.

It is 2005. Hurricane Katrina is growing out in the Gulf. Skeetah, Big Henry and Esch drive into the nearby town to buy dog food for China. Esch secretly steals a pregnancy test and when she gets it home, it confirms her suspicions about her condition.

Fifteen-year-old Esch is the narrator of the novel. She lives in poverty with her brothers and her father in the Mississippi woods near the small town of Bois Sauvage. Skeetah's beloved pit-bull, China, is a fighting dog and her puppies will be trained to fight too, if they survive. Esch's mother died giving birth to her youngest brother Junior. The only other people in Esch's world are her father, her older brother Randall and her brother's friends. They include Manny, who she worships and gives herself to freely, without getting any love or respect in return. The story takes place against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina forming out at sea, then descending on the country with terrifying force.

Salvage The Bones won the 2011 National Book Award in America. It is Jesmyn Ward's second novel and is based on her own experience of Hurricane Katrina and growing up black and in a poor family in rural Mississippi. She is currently the Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi.

Read by Cush Jumbo

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

032012061320120613 (R4)

By Jesmyn Ward.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne.

One of China's puppies is sick. The boys camp out in the woods while Skeetah deals with it. Esch is with them and, now knowing that she's pregnant, tries to reach out to Manny.

It is 2005. Fifteen-year-old Esch is the narrator of the novel. She lives in poverty with her brothers and her father in the Mississippi woods near the small town of Bois Sauvage. Skeetah's beloved pit-bull, China, is a fighting dog and her puppies will be trained to fight too, if they survive. Esch's mother died giving birth to her youngest brother Junior. The only other people in Esch's world are her father, her older brother Randall and her brother's friends. They include Manny, who she worships and gives herself to freely, without getting any love or respect in return. The story takes place against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina forming out at sea, then descending on the country with terrifying force.

Salvage The Bones won the 2011 National Book Award in America. It is Jesmyn Ward's second novel and is based on her own experience of Hurricane Katrina and growing up black and in a poor family in rural Mississippi. She is currently the Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi.

Read by Cush Jumbo

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

042012061420120614 (R4)

By Jesmyn Ward.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne.

Esch's brother, Randall, practises for an important basketball match. Esch has to endure seeing Manny with his girlfriend, Shaliyah. Meanwhile, her father worries about the hurricane which is growing stronger. He tries to fix the house up, with disastrous results.

It is 2005. Fifteen-year-old Esch is the narrator of the novel. She lives in poverty with her brothers and her father in the Mississippi woods near the small town of Bois Sauvage. Skeetah's beloved pit-bull, China, is a fighting dog and her puppies will be trained to fight too, if they survive. Esch's mother died giving birth to her youngest brother Junior. The only other people in Esch's world are her father, her older brother Randall and her brother's friends. They include Manny, who she worships and gives herself to freely, without getting any love or respect in return. The story takes place against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina forming out at sea, then descending on the country with terrifying force.

Salvage The Bones won the 2011 National Book Award in America. It is Jesmyn Ward's second novel and is based on her own experience of Hurricane Katrina and growing up black and in a poor family in rural Mississippi. She is currently the Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi.

Read by Cush Jumbo.

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

052012061520120615 (R4)

By Jesmyn Ward.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne.

Emotions run high at Randall's basketball game when Manny discovers that Esch is pregnant. Skeetah defends his sister's honour in the only way he knows how. Manny's cousin Rico throws down an unexpected challenge to Skeetah.

It is 2005. Fifteen-year-old Esch is the narrator of the novel. She lives in poverty with her brothers and her father in the Mississippi woods near the small town of Bois Sauvage. Skeetah's beloved pit-bull, China, is a fighting dog and her puppies will be trained to fight too, if they survive. Esch's mother died giving birth to her youngest brother Junior. The only other people in Esch's world are her father, her older brother Randall and her brother's friends. They include Manny, who she worships and gives herself to freely, without getting any love or respect in return. The story takes place against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina forming out at sea, then descending on the country with terrifying force.

Salvage The Bones won the 2011 National Book Award in America. It is Jesmyn Ward's second novel and is based on her own experience of Hurricane Katrina and growing up black and in a poor family in rural Mississippi. She is currently the Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi.

Read by Cush Jumbo

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

0620120618

By Jesmyn Ward.

Skeetah and Manny's cousin Rico organise a savage dog fight in the woods. It is watched by Esch and their friends. If Rico wins, Skeetah must give up one of China's puppies, something he will avoid at all costs.

It is 2005. Fifteen-year-old Esch is the narrator of the novel. She lives in poverty with her brothers and her father in the Mississippi woods near the small town of Bois Sauvage. Skeetah's beloved pit-bull China is a fighting dog and her puppies will be trained to fight too, if they survive. Esch's mother died giving birth to her youngest brother Junior. The only other people in Esch's world are her father, her older brother Randall and her brother's friends. They include Manny, who she worships and gives herself to freely without getting any love or respect in return. The story takes place against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina forming out at sea, then descending on the country with terrifying force.

Salvage The Bones won the 2011 National Book Award in America. It is Jesmyn Ward's second novel and is based on her own experience of Hurricane Katrina and growing up black and in a poor family in rural Mississippi. She is currently the Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne

Read by Cush Jumbo

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

0720120619

By Jesmyn Ward. As Esch's father recovers from his hand injury, Esch and her brothers prepare the house as best they can for the onset of Hurricane Katrina. Esch tells Manny he is the father of her baby - can Manny respond with the love that Esch so desperately wants?

It is 2005. Fifteen-year-old Esch is the narrator of the novel. She lives in poverty with her brothers and her father in the Mississippi woods near the small town of Bois Sauvage. Skeetah's beloved pit-bull China is a fighting dog and her puppies will be trained to fight too, if they survive. Esch's mother died giving birth to her youngest brother Junior. The only other people in Esch's world are her father, her older brother Randall and her brother's friends. They include Manny, who she worships and gives herself to freely without getting any love or respect in return. The story takes place against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina forming out at sea, then descending on the country with terrifying force.

Salvage The Bones won the 2011 National Book Award in America. It is Jesmyn Ward's second novel and is based on her own experience of Hurricane Katrina and growing up black and in a poor family in rural Mississippi. She is currently the Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne

Read by Cush Jumbo

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

0820120620

By Jesmyn Ward. Hurricane Katrina unleashes its full fury. Esch's family huddle together in the living room; they have never experienced a hurricane like it. Will Esch's family be safe in the house?

It is 2005. Fifteen-year-old Esch is the narrator of the novel. She lives in poverty with her brothers and her father in the Mississippi woods near the small town of Bois Sauvage. Skeetah's beloved pit-bull China is a fighting dog and her puppies will be trained to fight too, if they survive. Esch's mother died giving birth to her youngest brother Junior. The only other people in Esch's world are her father, her older brother Randall and her brother's friends. They include Manny, who she worships and gives herself to freely without getting any love or respect in return. The story takes place against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina forming out at sea, then descending on the country with terrifying force.

Salvage The Bones won the 2011 National Book Award in America. It is Jesmyn Ward's second novel and is based on her own experience of Hurricane Katrina and growing up black and in a poor family in rural Mississippi. She is currently the Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne

Read by Cush Jumbo

Produced by Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

0920120621

By Jesmyn Ward. As the hurricane rages, Esch's family are forced out of their flooded home and must attempt a dangerous journey to higher ground where they will be safe. This is not the best time for Esch's father to discover that his daughter is pregnant.

It is 2005. Fifteen-year-old Esch is the narrator of the novel. She lives in poverty with her brothers and her father in the Mississippi woods near the small town of Bois Sauvage. Skeetah's beloved pit-bull China is a fighting dog and her puppies will be trained to fight too, if they survive. Esch's mother died giving birth to her youngest brother Junior. The only other people in Esch's world are her father, her older brother Randall and her brother's friends. They include Manny, who she worships and gives herself to freely without getting any love or respect in return. The story takes place against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina forming out at sea, then descending on the country with terrifying force.

Salvage The Bones won the 2011 National Book Award in America. It is Jesmyn Ward's second novel and is based on her own experience of Hurricane Katrina and growing up black and in a poor family in rural Mississippi. She is currently the Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne

Read by Cush Jumbo

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

10 LAST20120622

By Jesmyn Ward. Esch and her friends survey the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina while Skeetah searches for China. Big Henry gives Esch hope for her baby's future. She will not be alone.

It is 2005. Fifteen-year-old Esch is the narrator of the novel. She lives in poverty with her brothers and her father in the Mississippi woods near the small town of Bois Sauvage. Skeetah's beloved pit-bull China is a fighting dog and her puppies will be trained to fight too, if they survive. Esch's mother died giving birth to her youngest brother Junior. The only other people in Esch's world are her father, her older brother Randall and her brother's friends. They include Manny, who she worships and gives herself to freely without getting any love or respect in return. The story takes place against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina forming out at sea, then descending on the country with terrifying force.

Salvage The Bones won the 2011 National Book Award in America. It is Jesmyn Ward's second novel and is based on her own experience of Hurricane Katrina and growing up black and in a poor family in rural Mississippi. She is currently the Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne

Read by Cush Jumbo

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.