Jesmyn Ward's novel Salvage the Bones was the 2011 winner of the National Book Award for Fiction.
When I was 13 I went to a small, mostly white, Episcopalian, junior high school.
Much of my free time was spent lurking in the library. I'd transferred from a more diverse public school, and as a working-class black kid, I felt out of place.
That's about the time I pulled Gone With the Wind from the library shelf.