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Of Women and Salt: A Novel af Gabriela…

Of Women and Salt: A Novel (udgave 2021)

af Gabriela Garcia (Forfatter)

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Titel:Of Women and Salt: A Novel
Forfattere:Gabriela Garcia (Forfatter)
Info:Flatiron Books (2021), Edition: 1, 224 pages
Samlinger:Skal læses
Nøgleord:to-read, caribbean-lit, fiction

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Of Women and Salt af Gabriela Garcia

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Gabriela Garcia's Of Women and Salt is set during the Obama administration, but it's very much a book of our time. The novel explores the complicated relationships among different generations of women in Cuba and Miami, with the earliest generations living in Cuba during the revolution and the more recent generations in not-quite-present-day Florida. It also explores the relationship between a separate mother-daughter pair, Salvadorans who are living in the U.S. without documentation. Many of these relationships are strained, and we, the readers, gradually find out why, while the characters themselves remain unaware of much of the story that readers are able to put together.

Of Women and Salt is neither a tidy book nor a happy one, but it is a very human one. Garcia's characters are clearly presented in their imperfections, with no magic bullets or deus ex machina moments to resolve the challenges they face. One could almost say that in a way each of these women is a failure—but they aren't. They are doing the best they can given their life circumstances. And Garcia tells her story in a way that lets us find something of value in each of these imperfect women.

There are any number of reasons to read this book: Garcia packs it full of moments that resonate. And the lack of a tidy ending gives readers one more more reason to care about the lives of each of these women.

I received an electronic review copy of this title from the publisher; the opinions are my own. ( )
  Sarah-Hope | Jul 25, 2021 |
I'm having difficulty writing a review of this book. I also was unsure if it should receive my 2 star or 3 star rating.
Good points: The writing is beautiful and I could definitely feel the atmosphere of each situation. The stories are compelling as is the way they link together. The multiple experiences of Latinas including a Cuban under Batista's leadership, a Cuban refugee, a privileged American of Cuban descent, and an illegal immigrant from El Salvador.
Difficult areas: It's short; probably too short. The reader has to work to see the connection and figure out the timeline. The presentation is really a number of short stories, many of which I wish could have been continued.
Of Women and Salt begins with a letter written by Carmen. We reconnect with Carmen mostly through her interaction with others' stories. ( )
  Nancyjcbs | May 14, 2021 |
Very well written and rich in detail and characters! Deep and heart wrenching too! This is the story of women, Cuban women, either born in Cuba, or of Cuban descent. The stories jump from character to character, and from time to time, so you'd do well to use the family tree after the table of contents, as I did! The women on these pages go through so much, and some of them struggle more than others. But all of the stories are real and strong and all of the women feel heroic. From great-grandmothers down to daughters, the thread of their lives tie them together and tear them apart. A pleasure to read! ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | May 6, 2021 |
A family saga, Mother-Daughter relations, Cuban history, immigration policies, & El Salvador, makes a great combination! A little confusing when switching characters, but a well told story. ( )
  EllenH | Apr 23, 2021 |
This multi-generational story follows Cuban women, both in America and Cuba, who face abuse, deportation, addiction, political upheaval, and so much more. The book switches POVs and jumps around from the 19th to 21st centuries. It was hard to follow at times, but if you just look at each section as a new story you slowly see the lives of the women weaving together. It feels more like a short story collection. As with most books in that vein, I enjoyed some sections more than others. I loved reading about the woman who worked in a cigar factory, but cringed while reading about the underage girl trying to sneak into clubs. The overall theme is one of broken women and what they must do to survive. The writing is beautiful and I look forward to seeing more from the author. ( )
  bookworm12 | Apr 20, 2021 |
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