Of Women and Salt

Of Women and Salt is made up of interwoven snapshots. It starts with Jeanette, a young woman struggling with substance abuse in modern-day Miami who takes in her neighbor, a Salvadoran child whose mother has been taken by ICE. Through a non-linear timeline, we meet Carmen, Dolores, Maria Isabel—the Cuban women who came before her. And we hear the stories of the Salvadoran women as well. All of them women who make choices that their daughters may never understand. Gabriela Garcia’s characters are complex—flawed yet vibrant. This slim volume is like a toe dipped into a vast ocean of intergenerational trauma and the stories it conjures. The heartbeat of these stories is survival. Recommended by Mary

Garcia introduces Cuban immigrant Carmen in 2018 Miami, quickly transitions to young Maria Isabel, Carmen’s ancestor, in 1866 Cuba, and ends back in 2019 Miami with Ana, a teenage Salvadoran immigrant. In non-linear, but easily traversed chapters, we venture into their lives and those of Carmen’s daughter Jeanette, Carmen’s mother Delores, and Ana’s mother Gloria. Each is fraught with sorrow and loss, many with guilt and abuse. Each woman evokes compassion; some are also unlikeable - thus entirely human - as they make their way through the challenges of an unjust and often disappointing world, struggling and hoping for something better. Recommended by Nancy

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ISBN: 9781250776686
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Published: Flatiron Books - March 30th, 2021

A sweeping, masterful debut about a daughter's fateful choice, a mother motivated by her own past, and a family legacy that begins in Cuba before either of them were born