Publisher: Picador UK
Weight: 420 g
1866, Cuba: Maria Isabel is the only woman working at a cigar factory, where each day the workers are read Victor Hugo and encouraged to recognize their value and strength. But these are dangerous political times, and as Maria begins to see marriage and motherhood as her only options for survival, the sounds of war are approaching.
In present-day Miami, Jeanette is battling addiction. Daughter of Carmen, a Cuban immigrant, she is determined to learn more about her family history from her reticent mother and makes the snap decision to take in the daughter of a neighbour detained by immigration officers. Carmen, still wrestling with the trauma of displacement, must process her difficult relationship with her own mother while trying to raise a wayward Jeanette. Steadfast in her quest for understanding, Jeanette travels to Cuba to see her grandmother and reckon with secrets from the past destined to erupt.
From 19th-century cigar factories to present-day detention centers, from Cuba to Mexico, Gabriela Garcia's Of Women and Salt follows Latina women of fierce pride and longing, all irrevocably linked by the inheritance of trauma, and 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 stories despite those who wish to silence them.
What a book to be read! It was very moving and meaningful that I felt like this book is very personal to me.
This book is eye-opening. Very thought provoking. I enjoyed it.
This novel's language is really wonderful, and I adore how it's a generational tale. Recommend this book to those who like multigenerational historical fiction.
Powerful book with female stories of bravery, trauma, and heartbreak. I really enjoyed the characters, stories, history and the intersecting lives.
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