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Of Women and Salt

By: Gabriela Garcia
Narrated by: Frankie Corzo, Gabriela Garcia
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Publisher's summary

2021 Boston Globe Best Books of the Year
2021 Washington Post Best Books of the Year

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

©2021 Gabriela Garcia (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Critic reviews

April 2021's Indie Next pick

Roxane Gay's June 2021 Audacious Book Club Pick

A Most Anticipated Book: Books Are Magic, Bustle, Bookish, Buzzfeed, E! News, Electric Literature, Entertainment Weekly, Good Morning America, Goop, Goodreads, Harper's Bazaar, New York Times, O Magazine, Parade, Lit Hub, Refinery29, St. Louis Magazine, Vogue India, Write or Die Tribe, Reader's Digest, Palm Beach Daily, PopSugar, The Nerd Daily, TIME Magazine, Yahoo! News

"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)