Of Women and Salt

Gabriela Garcia

fiction literary
challenging emotional reflective slow-paced

224 pages

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

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.

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Moods

emotional 88%
dark 55%
challenging 44%
reflective 44%
adventurous 22%
inspiring 22%
sad 22%
hopeful 11%
informative 11%
tense 11%

Pace

medium 55%
slow 33%
fast 11%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 100%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 50% | Yes: 50%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 50% | It's complicated: 37% | No: 12%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 75% | It's complicated: 12% | No: 12%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 100%

Average rating

4.29