Of Women and Salt

Of Women and Salt

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

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 neighbor detained by ICE. 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 is a kaleidoscopic portrait of betrayals--personal and political, self-inflicted and those done by others--that have shaped the lives of these extraordinary women. A haunting meditation on the choices of mothers, the legacy of the memories they carry, and the tenacity of women who choose to tell their stories despite those who wish to silence them, this is more than a diaspora story; it is a story of America's most tangled, honest, human roots.

Title:Of Women and Salt
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781250776686
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    Of Women and Salt Reviews

  • Emily May

    And I am sorry I had nothing else to offer, Ana. That there are no real rules to govern why some are born in turmoil and others never know a single day in which the next seems an ill-considered bet...

  • Gumble's Yard - Golden Reviewer

    Published in the UK today 15-4-21 She knew and, despite the weight of it, accepted her role as liberator of a frightened man. María Isabel thought it had always been women who wove the future out o...

  • Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

    This was a very difficult book to read but it’s an eye opening one. This is a debut author who has a lot to say about immigration, ICE, deportation, illegal aliens, motherhood, mother daughter relat...

  • AnnaLuce

    / / / Read more reviews on my blog / /However distressing, I appreciated the realities, issues, and themes Gabriela Garcia explores throughout her novel. Sadly, the author's execution and writing sty...

  • Lisa Jablonsky

    So good. 5 generations of women, in Cuba, Mexico and Miami. A current day ICE deportation in Miami kicks off the story. We learn about immigrants, husbands and wifes, mothers and daughters, sisters, l...

  • Stacy40pages

    Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia. Thanks to @livetoread89 for the gifted copy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️While dealing with addiction, Jeannette tries to help her neighbor child who has been left beh...

  • Christian

    I’m still thinking about this book even after I finished it. Beautiful, tragic, so powerful in such poetic form. ...

  • Manon

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars "You cried for your old life every day. You begged to go back to Florida and how could I explain it to you, you so small and full of hope still? That the place you called home...

  • Sarah

    I'm clearly an outlier with my negative review, so take all of this with a pinch of salt.While I commend what the book sets out to do - tell the story and experiences of generations of different Cuban...

  • Vikki Patis

    Where to begin with this book? It absolutely captivated me, drawing me into the lives of several characters, some bound by blood, all bound by their lived experiences as women. The sole female worker ...