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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library GAR (Text) 33500013372529 New Checked out 05/03/2021
Moorhead Public Library GAR (Text) 33500013372537 New On holds shelf -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250776686
  • ISBN: 1250776686
  • Physical Description: 207 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2021.

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"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, 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"-- Provided by publisher.
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. -- adapted from jacket
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 March #1
    Garcia turns her MFA thesis for Purdue University (where she studied with the revered Roxane Gay) into her widely buzzed first novel. Presented in 12 chapters that read more like interlinked stories, Garcia channels her Miami-based Cuban-Mexican American heritage into five generations of a Cuban American matriarchy. Garcia opens with a two-page prologue set in 2018 in Miami, introducing Jeanette, who is recovering from drug addiction and desperate to reclaim her life while navigating a complicated relationship with her mother, Carmen. The first chapter then jumps back to 1866 in Camagüey, Cuba, to great-great-grandmother María Isabel, a hungry-for-more young woman anomalously working in a cigar factory. In the generations since, the women survive, outliving their men yet too often estranging their daughters. Back in the near-present, just for a few days, Jeanette becomes a maternal substitute for her disappeared neighbor Gloria's young child, Ana. Originally from El Salvador, Gloria and Ana's journey of multiple dislocations will find reverberating echoes in Jeanette's family history. Garcia's women populate a sprawling albeit textually spare narrative that demands careful parsing for resonant rewards. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 March #1
    Garcia turns her MFA thesis for Purdue University (where she studied with the revered Roxane Gay) into her widely buzzed first novel. Presented in 12 chapters that read more like interlinked stories, Garcia channels her Miami-based Cuban-Mexican American heritage into five generations of a Cuban American matriarchy. Garcia opens with a two-page prologue set in 2018 in Miami, introducing Jeanette, who is recovering from drug addiction and desperate to reclaim her life while navigating a complicated relationship with her mother, Carmen. The first chapter then jumps back to 1866 in Camagüey, Cuba, to great-great-grandmother María Isabel, a hungry-for-more young woman anomalously working in a cigar factory. In the generations since, the women survive, outliving their men yet too often estranging their daughters. Back in the near-present, just for a few days, Jeanette becomes a maternal substitute for her disappeared neighbor Gloria's young child, Ana. Originally from El Salvador, Gloria and Ana's journey of multiple dislocations will find reverberating echoes in Jeanette's family history. Garcia's women populate a sprawling albeit textually spare narrative that demands careful parsing for resonant rewards. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Gabriela Garcia is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award and a Steinbeck Fellowship from San Jose State University. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Best American Poetry, Tin House, Zyzzyva, Iowa Review, and elsewhere. She received an MFA in fiction from Purdue and lives in the Bay Area. Of Women and Salt is her first novel.

Subject: Mothers and daughters > Fiction.
Cuban American women > Fiction.
Immigrants > Family relationships > Fiction.
Family secrets > Fiction.
Cuban American women.
Family secrets.
Immigrants > Family relationships.
Mothers and daughters.
Genre: Fiction.
Fiction.

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