Of Women and Salt (Hardback)Gabriela Garcia (author)
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Linking five generations of formidable Latina women through the handing down of a highly significant book, Garcia’s novel perfectly captures the universal struggles of family, gender and racial politics with tenderness and passion.
Five generations of women, linked by blood and circumstance, by the secrets they share, and by a single book passed down through a family, with an affirmation scrawled in its margins: We are force. We are more than we think we are.
1866, Cuba: Maria Isabel is the only woman employed at a cigar factory, where each day the workers find strength in daily readings of Victor Hugo. But these are dangerous political times, and as Maria begins to see marriage and motherhood as her only options, the sounds of war are approaching.
1959, Cuba: Dolores watches her husband make for the mountains in answer to Fidel Castro's call to arms. What Dolores knows, though, is that to survive, she must win her own war, and commit an act of violence that threatens to destroy her daughter Carmen's world.
2016, Miami: Carmen, still wrestling with the trauma of displacement, is shocked when her daughter Jeanette announces her plans to travel to Cuba to see her grandmother Dolores. In the walls of her crumbling home lies a secret, one that will link Jeanette to her past, and to this fearless line of women.
From nineteenth-century cigar factories to present-day detention centres, from Cuba to the United States to Mexico, Gabriela Garcia's Of Women and Salt follows Latina women of fierce pride, bound by the stories passed between them. It is a haunting meditation on the choices of mothers and the tenacity of women who choose to tell their truth despite those who wish to silence them.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 334 g
Dimensions: 224 x 143 x 28 mm
'Gabriela Garcia captures the lives of Cuban women in a world to which they refuse to surrender and she does so with precision and generosity and beauty' - Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist
'I am a sucker for intergenerational family dramas and fraught mother and daughter relationships. Garcia's vivid details, visceral prose and strong willful women negotiating how to survive in this world are easy to fall for' - Angie Cruz, author of Dominicana
'A vivid, engrossing novel ... it utterly absorbed me with its luminous, exacting prose and depictions of redemption and violence' - Sharlene Teo, author of Ponti
'Extraordinary. Of Women and Salt is a book that made me fall in love with reading again, that reminded me of the power and devastating effect that words can possess. It is a stunning hymn to the strength of mothers. The last book that made me feel this way was Girl, Woman, Other, written with the same generosity and compassion, its words (so elegant and understated) delivered like blows. I cannot stop thinking about it.' - Elizabeth Macneal, author of The Doll Factory
'I devoured it, and in return it swallowed me whole into the lives of women whose decisions mould and make each other. It's about mothers & daughters - fierce love and the terror that comes with it. How we save each other. How we save ourselves.' - Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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“A tough read but thoroughly worth it”
A tough story told through the eyes of four generations of women, from a Cuban family, and an El Salvadoran mother and daughter.
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“POWERFUL FEMALE VOICES”
*TRIGGER WARNING: MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, DRUG ABUSE, VIOLENCE*
Of Women and Salt is a touching novel by Gabriela Garcia. It’s a whole female narration spanning decades across Central and North America.
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