Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Salt God's Daughter

The Salt God's Daughter by Ilie Ruby

About The Book:
The Salt God’s Daughter is set in Long Beach, California, beginning in the 1970s, and follows three generations of extraordinary women who share something unique - something magical and untamed that makes them unmistakably different from others. Theirs is a world teeming with ancestral stories, exotic folklore, inherited memory, and meteoric myths. Meet Diana Gold, who raises her two daughters on the road, charting their course according to an imagined map of secrets drawn from the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Meet her daughters - Ruthie and Dolly - who are raised in the back of their mother’s station wagon and then later in an old motel turned retirement home on the ocean, a place where the residents run with half-packed suitcases into the ocean at night, where lipstick kisses are left on handkerchiefs and buried in empty bottles, and where love comes in the most unlikely and mysterious of places - perhaps it even walks right out of the ocean in the form of a man. Ruthie and Dolly are caught in the wilds of this enchanted landscape, fiercely protective of each other and unaware of how far they have drifted from traditional society. But when they are suddenly forced to strike out on their own, they are caught in the riptide of a culture that both demonizes and glorifies female sexuality. It is within this conflicted landscape that tragedy strikes. Years later, Ruthie’s daughter is born with a secret that will challenge her ties to the women in her family, and to the ocean.

My Thoughts:
This is an all-consuming read. And by that, I mean that from the first sentences to the very last word, I was entranced, and in my own magical world. When I had to take breaks from this book, you know, to do daily stuff, I was still thinking about it, and couldn't wait to get back to it. A very awesome read. I highly recommend it!

About The Author:
In addition to this book, Ilie Ruby is the author of the critically-acclaimed novel, The Language of Trees, which debuted in 2010 and was selected as a Target Emerging Author’s Pick and a First Magazine for Women Reader’s Choice, and for which complex Chinese rights were sold.
  
I recieved a complimentary review copy of this book from Sparks PR. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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