Winner of the 2011 National Book Award -- A hurricane is threatening the coastal town of Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, and Esch's father is growing concerned. A hard drinker, largely absent, he doesn't show concern for much else. Esch and her three brothers are stocking food, but there isn't much. Fourteen and pregnant, Esch can't keep down what food she gets. A big-hearted novel about familial love and community against all odds, Salvage the Bones is muscled with poetry, revelatory, and real.