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Of Women and Salt


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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.

About the Author

Gabriela Garcia is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award and a Steinbeck Fellowship from San Jose State University. Her fiction and poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Tin House, Zyzzyva, Iowa Review, and elsewhere. She is the daughter of immigrants from Mexico and Cuba and grew up in Miami. Of Women and Salt is her first novel.


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, author of Bad Feminist*

I am a sucker for intergenerational family dramas and fraught mother and daughter relationships. Garcia's vivid details, visceral prose and strong willful women negotiating how to survive in this world are easy to fall for
*Angie Cruz, author of Dominicana*

Extraordinary . . . A book that made me fall in love with reading again . . . A stunning hymn to the strength of mothers . . . I cannot stop thinking about it
*Elizabeth Macneal, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Doll Factory*

I devoured it, and in return it swallowed me whole into the lives of women whose decisions mould and make each other. It’s about mothers & daughters - fierce love and the terror that comes with it. How we save each other. How we save ourselves.
*Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Mercies*

This stunningly accomplished first novel is both epic and intimate.
*O, The Oprah Magazine*

A mesmerizing patchwork of determination, courage and survival.
*Washington Post*

The women in Garcia's striking debut novel are connected not just by blood but by the need to endure or escape abusive relationships and countries. She captures the hope and pain of immigration and the terror of deportation with an unsentimental yet empathetic eye
*New York Times*

A stunning achievement. I loved its intensity, its scope, its vivid prose. An essential, profound story about mothers and daughters, the Latina Experience, and the indomitable beating heart of womankind.
*Emma Stonex, author of The Lamplighters*

A moving intergenerational epic

A multi-generational story that, at its heart, is a tribute to imperfect mother-daughter relationships and the enduring strength of women

A vivid, engrossing novel . . . it utterly absorbed me with its luminous, exacting prose and depictions of redemption and violence
*Sharlene Teo, author of Ponti*

Expansive yet intimate . . . this gorgeous debut heralds the arrival of a literary star

A sweeping tour de force about addiction, displacement, and the legacy of trauma
*Harper's Bazaar*

Gripping, accomplished . . . an interlocking portrait of women striving, loving, losing, getting lost and getting found
*Lit Hub*

The debut that's had publishing buzzing all winter long meditates on the way immigration shapes the lives of Latinx women
*Entertainment Weekly*

A fierce and powerful debut. Garcia wields narrative power, cultivating true and profound work on migration, legacy, and survival
*Terese Marie Mailhot, bestselling author of Heart Berries *

An outstanding debut from a supremely talented writer, this story stayed with me for a long while. Spanning different time frames, and locations across the US to Mexico, the engrossing tale interlinks the lives of five Latina women living in challenging circumstances. A book about resilience, strength and empowerment
*Prima Magazine*

[A] deeply American story about the pieces of self people leave behind on their journeys to become "Americans"
*San Francisco Chronicle*

Of Women and Salt defies convention and sentimentality and chips away at all manner of myths . . . [it] reads like poetry

An impressive debut about heritage, baggage, and needing the kind of 'love that erases everything that came before it' . . . [Garcia is] an outstanding novelist and an exciting new voice with a talent for bringing humanity to the page
*Boston Globe*

Wonderful . . . a captivating and harrowing debut that will undoubtedly put Garcia on the literary map for years to come
*Seattle Times*

Garcia’s debut is slim yet lush, imbued with a harsh beauty
*Oprah Daily*

A tale weaved with pain, loss and strength, Of Women and Salt is a story of America’s most tangled, honest, human roots

An enthralling and important story . . . Garcia shines in her ability to ultimately emphasize the strength, the perseverance, of these Latinx women
*The Nerd Daily*

Highly anticipated . . . The intergenerational narrative tackles immigration, addiction, and sexual trauma with ambition and a poetic voice

Garcia makes a powerful statement about how we draw on our roots to understand our place in the world, showing that no matter how much we may try to escape the past, it always influences the present
*Real Simple*

A powerful novel from an eye-catching new voice

An impressive, tightly braided whole. This riveting account will please readers of sweeping multigenerational stories
*Publisher's Weekly*

In her beautifully written debut, Gabriela Garcia presents a new classic of mother-daughter literature . . . quietly heartbreaking

Phenomenal . . . readers won’t want to put [it] down

This remarkable debut shines a brilliant light on the broken immigration system and legacy of trauma for the people who endure it

Speaks to immigrant experiences in so many different ways. . . . Garcia demonstrates how migration can bring us closer together and tear us apart, how we reinforce borders all the time, how we fail each other

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