The Salt Line: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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"Spencer's refined, sensuous writing and laser insights inform this novel, as extraordinary as her other works." -- Publishers Weekly

At a certain point approaching the Mississippi coast, the air fills with the salt smell of the Gulf of Mexico. For all of the characters in Elizabeth Spencer's gracefully written novel, the salt line divides past and present, memory and longing, tranquillity and danger. Crossing it places everyone in the chaotic path of Arnie Carrington, former professor and 1960s campus radical, ...

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Overview

"Spencer's refined, sensuous writing and laser insights inform this novel, as extraordinary as her other works." -- Publishers Weekly

At a certain point approaching the Mississippi coast, the air fills with the salt smell of the Gulf of Mexico. For all of the characters in Elizabeth Spencer's gracefully written novel, the salt line divides past and present, memory and longing, tranquillity and danger. Crossing it places everyone in the chaotic path of Arnie Carrington, former professor and 1960s campus radical, who is on a crusade to restore the small Gulf Coast town of Notchaki after the devastation of Hurricane Camille. Threatening the enterprise is the arrival of Arnie's former colleague Lex Graham, who intends to use his wealth to squash his longtime rival's plans for the area's rejuvenation.

The romantic, generous Carrington attracts a wide array of devotees -- Frank Matteo, a Mafia-connected restaurateur trying to go straight; Mavis, the pregnant girlfriend Frank has rejected; Dorothy, Lex's unstable wife, who wants to resume an ancient affair with Arnie; and Lex's cherished daughter Lucinda, a coquette who fancies Arnie's idealism.

The characters in The Salt Line are rebuilding, reckoning with old ghosts, liberating repressed passions, and getting back into life. Elaborately and densely populated, masterfully plotted, and elegant in style, Spencer has woven a tale about the lines that bind, divide, and envelop people.

"Appealing... eloquent... it won't disappoint you." -- New York Times

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"The characters in Ms. Spencer's elegantly written novel are influenced, even controlled, by past events. They live in a Gulf Coast town recently devastated by a hurricane and are engaged in a languid tug-of-war over the sort of reconstruction to be done, but most of them truly act in response to old loves, friendships, grudges, or fears, emotions delicately and plausibly revealed by the author. In an oblique way, this is a ghost story, and a very fine one." -- Atlantic Monthly

"Spencer's technique is so fluid, her prose so unpretentious and the various plots so engrossing that we may not notice we've read a modern morality tale until days later when fundamental questions raised in this challenging novel resurface to demand our attention." -- Los Angeles Times

"The Salt Line is taut and trim, and it moves. A stream of action flows strongly beneath the acute observation and the psychological drama. It is, in short, all that a novel should be." -- Montreal Gazette

"Spencer has worked magic.... The reader rejoices in the good prose, smells the salt, sees light glimmering on the waves, and grows warm." -- Toronto Globe and Mail

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807145739
  • Publisher: LSU Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1995
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 496,641
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Spencer lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and has written eight other novels, including The Light in the Piazza, The Snare, The Night Travelers, and The Voice at the Back Door. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and is a charter member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

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