The Taste of Salt

The Taste of Salt

by Martha Southgate
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The Taste of Salt by Martha Southgate

Award-winning novelist Martha Southgate (who, in the words of Julia Glass, “can write fat and hot, then lush and tender, then just plain truthful and burning with heart”) now tells the story of a family pushed to its limits by addiction over the course of two generations.

Josie Henderson loves the water and is fulfilled by her position as the only senior-level black scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. In building this impressive life for herself, she has tried to shed the one thing she cannot: her family back in landlocked Cleveland. Her adored brother, Tick, was her childhood ally as they watched their drinking father push away all the love that his wife and children were trying to give him. Now Tick himself has been coming apart and demands to be heard.

Weaving four voices into a beautiful tapestry, Southgate charts the lives of the Hendersons from the parents’ first charmed meeting to Josie’s realization that the ways of the human heart are more complex than anything seen under a microscope.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781410445865
Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
Publication date: 03/21/2012
Edition description: Large Print Edition
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Martha Southgate has been an editor at Essence, a reporter for Premiere and the New York Daily News, and a contributor to the New York Times. A graduate of Smith College, she has an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College. Author of two acclaimed novels, The Fall of Rome and Third Girl from the Left, she has taught at Brooklyn College and the New School and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children. Find her online at www.marthasouthgate.com.

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The Taste of Salt 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Kimmie_H More than 1 year ago
This book was very hard to read towards the end. This book taught me to let go of the hurt and you can keep ppl out of your mind but not out of your soul. It was very relatable to me and it touched me sooo much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Southgate has created a heroine who is fascinating--culturally, ethnically, personally and professionally. Her complex relationships with each family member feel real. Her dialogue made me laugh out loud and burst into tears. This author clearly knows the devastation of addiction in a close family. I read a lot of first novel fiction by women authors and this book is one of the best I have read in a long, long time. It will be on my holiday gift list for lots of friends.
knights2010 More than 1 year ago
Short and read in only a day and a half but such a good book! The characters were something I could really relate to, especially between Josie and Daniel as I am going through some of the same things now. Such a great read. Very very touching
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I read from this author. I really enjoyed it.
FluffyDeb More than 1 year ago
A well written tome on a difficult and painful reality, addiction, and it's unquestionable effects on a family. I thought the characters were well developed and enjoyed that the story was told from all the characters perspectives, in  their own "voices". A good albeit sad read!
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The story started a little slow, but I found it hard to put down.
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Martha did a wonderful job of telling the story from multiple sides
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