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The Salt Eaters
     

The Salt Eaters

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by Toni Cade Bambara
 

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Set in a town somewhere in the South, here is the story of a community of black people searching for the healing properties of salt who witness an event that will change their lives forever. Some of them are centered, some are off-balance; some are frightened, and some are daring. From the men who live off welfare women to the mud mothers who carry their children in

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Set in a town somewhere in the South, here is the story of a community of black people searching for the healing properties of salt who witness an event that will change their lives forever. Some of them are centered, some are off-balance; some are frightened, and some are daring. From the men who live off welfare women to the mud mothers who carry their children in their hides, the novel brilliantly explores the narcissistic aspect of despair and the tremendous responsibility that comes with physical, spiritual, and mental well-being.

Editorial Reviews

John Edgar Wideman
"With a first and freedom of a great traditional storyteller...Tony Caid Bambara takes a lot of chances. Her novel set in the Black section of a large southern city...but her characters also inhabit the non-linea, sacred space and sacred time of traditional African religion." -- The New York Times Book Review
Anne Tyler
"A powerful piece of writing." -- Washington Post Bookworld
From the Publisher
“A powerful piece of writing.” —Anne Tyler, The Washington Post

“With the force and freedom of a great traditional storyteller . . . Toni Cade Bambara takes a lot of chances. Her novel is set in the black section of a large Southern city . . . but her characters also inhabits the nonlinear, sacred space and sacred time of traditional African religion.” —John Edgar Wideman, The New York Times Book Review

“A book full of marvels.” —The New Yorker

“A hard-noised, wise, funny . . . always right-on novel.” —Los Angeles Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307778017
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/16/2011
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
681,409
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Toni Cade Bambara is the author of two short story collections, Gorilla My Love and Seabirds Are Still Alive, and a novel, The Salt Eaters. She has also edited The Black Woman and Tales and Short Stories for Black Folks. Her works have appeared in various periodicals and have been translated into several languages. She died in 1995.

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Salt Eaters 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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One can see why this is a classic.