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The Salt Roads (2003)

af Nalo Hopkinson

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In 1804, shortly before the Caribbean island of Saint Domingue is renamed Haiti, a group of women gather to bury a stillborn baby. Led by a lesbian healer and midwife named Mer, the women's lamentations inadvertently release the dead infant's "unused vitality" to draw Ezili-the Afro-Caribbean goddess of sexual desire and love-into the physical world. As Ezili explores her newfound powers, she travels across time and space to inhabit the midwife's body-as well as those of Jeanne, a mixed-race dancer and the mistress of Charles Baudelaire living in 1880s Paris, and Meritet, an enslaved Greek-Nubian prostitute in ancient Alexandria. Bound together by Ezili and "the salt road" of their sweat, blood, and tears, the three women struggle against a hostile world, unaware of the goddess's presence in their lives. Despite her magic, Mer suffers as a slave on a sugar plantation until Ezili plants the seeds of uprising in her mind. Jeanne slowly succumbs to the ravages of age and syphilis when her lover is unable to escape his mother's control. And Meritet, inspired by Ezili, flees her enslavement and makes a pilgrimage to Egypt, where she becomes known as Saint Mary.… (mere)
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Intensely personal, rich in nuance. Women finding their places in the world.
Queer women. Cruelty to women. Slavery. Read it anyway.
  Black_samvara | Aug 9, 2023 |
I think I'm finally just going to call it on this title and move on. I've made two attempts to read it and I'm about halfway through at this point. I love the characters, time jumps, and connections between them but the plot just doesn't move enough for me. I never tend to like slice of life even when the lives are really interesting and this, despite the cool structure and lyrical style, just reads slice of life to me.
  sgwordy | Dec 31, 2022 |
Hm. Interesting. Didn't realize until I was a ways into it that some of the characters were real people. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Aug 19, 2019 |
I liked this a lot as separate tales, but what got me is I didn't feel like the separate threads worked together as a novel. I liked this more than the rating suggests but at the end I was like, "why are these stories together?" ( )
  jeninmotion | Sep 24, 2018 |
This book was my first exposure to Nalo Hopkinson and it won't be my last. Told from four different POVs, in different times and different places, this book is seamless, the transitions flowing like the water Hopkinson writes about. Their narratives twine about each other, braiding each woman's experiences into the single story of a goddess.

It's about women and their goddesses. It's about slavery, colonialism, and racism. It's about love and hate and fear and hope. And it is astounding. (Provided by publisher) ( )
  tldegray | Sep 21, 2018 |
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In 1804, shortly before the Caribbean island of Saint Domingue is renamed Haiti, a group of women gather to bury a stillborn baby. Led by a lesbian healer and midwife named Mer, the women's lamentations inadvertently release the dead infant's "unused vitality" to draw Ezili-the Afro-Caribbean goddess of sexual desire and love-into the physical world. As Ezili explores her newfound powers, she travels across time and space to inhabit the midwife's body-as well as those of Jeanne, a mixed-race dancer and the mistress of Charles Baudelaire living in 1880s Paris, and Meritet, an enslaved Greek-Nubian prostitute in ancient Alexandria. Bound together by Ezili and "the salt road" of their sweat, blood, and tears, the three women struggle against a hostile world, unaware of the goddess's presence in their lives. Despite her magic, Mer suffers as a slave on a sugar plantation until Ezili plants the seeds of uprising in her mind. Jeanne slowly succumbs to the ravages of age and syphilis when her lover is unable to escape his mother's control. And Meritet, inspired by Ezili, flees her enslavement and makes a pilgrimage to Egypt, where she becomes known as Saint Mary.

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