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Publisher's Summary

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER

A GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK

This program includes a bonus conversation between the author and Roxane Gay.

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.  

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books

"Of Women and Salt is a fierce and powerful debut. Garcia wields narrative power, cultivating true and profound work on migration, legacy, and survival." (Terese Marie Mailhot, best-selling author of Heart Berries)

“Gabriela Garcia captures the lives of Cuban women in a world to which they refuse to surrender and she does so with precision and generosity and beauty.” (Roxane Gay, best-selling author of Hunger and Bad Feminist)

"[A] beautifully evocative first novel...This book is shaped, and given buoyancy, by Garcia’s sharp prose and by Jeanette’s ability to continue believing that the unexpected is possible, even as it repeatedly fails to materialize." (New York Times Book Review)

©2021 Gabriela Garcia (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

What the critics say

“Gabriela Garcia captures the lives of Cuban women in a world to which they refuse to surrender and she does so with precision and generosity and beauty.” (Roxane Gay, best-selling author of Hunger and Bad Feminist)

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-04-05

Bored

I have read over 200 books on audible and this is the first one I gave up on halfway through. There are the seeds of several fascinating stories here. I could not figure out the relationship between the characters. I would get very interested in one person's tale and Bang! was jolted into a different storyline altogether. I feel this author has a lot to say and a lot that should be heard. Keep telling your stories but in a more compelling manner.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-04-03

I loved it!

as a Cuban american who now works with Latin American refugees, I felt like I knew each one of her characters

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  • Ramon A.
  • 2021-04-13

good not great

Multiple stories told intermingled across different time frames still come together to make one cohesive narrative. The story keep my interest but did not have closure, maybe that was the point.

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  • A G
  • 2021-04-13

Like the overall story

I Liked the overall story but found the book to be a little confusing to follow at times. It seems like it was More short stories put together and then tied in together leaving it to be a little hard to read

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  • Jamiee Rowson Varsalone
  • 2021-04-03

Incredible!

I don’t k ow what you’re doing, but drop it and read/ listen to this book! It’s fantastic! You’ll enjoy the rich descriptions and robust themes!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-04-03

Amazing, beautiful and heartbreaking

What a debut novel! This is great writing, superbly narrated. Absolutely recommend it. Hope many enjoy it and share it too.

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  • Domingo S.
  • 2021-04-01

A beautiful debut and wonderful story

The stories of these women and their struggles is so touching. It leaves you thinking about your own family and their history. The narrator for the audible was great. Kept me engaged the whole way through.

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  • MML
  • 2021-05-01

Disappointed

This book got a lot of hype so I was excited about it. The story was loosely woven and jumped all over the place and not in a good way. And then just when I thought it was going to come together, it ended abruptly. So disappointed in this.

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  • Mcewern
  • 2021-04-27

Women's strength shines through

Really enjoyed this book! I knew very little about the history of Cuban Americans in Miami (where some of the story is set), and their special immigration rules. This is the story of several strong woman from a fresh perspective. The book is fairly short, but the author, who is a poet, gives satisfying depth and breadth to the intertwined narratives.

It was terrific!

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  • OwlLover
  • 2021-04-25

Short stories connected through characters

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was not expecting the ending when it came. The book is a cross between short stories and a novel, telling separate stories with characters whose lives intersect. The women are all interesting in that they have a plain desire and are complex people living in an imperfect world.