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Of Women and Salt

Of Women and Salt

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"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, 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"--
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2021
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250776686
Branch Call Number: FIC GARCIA 2021
Characteristics: 207 pages : genealogical table ; 23 cm


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Jun 05, 2021

This story uses voices from various times and places and, though the author has a genealogy and heads each chapter with a date and place, it may be difficult to follow.
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Mar 30, 2021

This may be a multi-generational story of a Cuban-American family, but its really the story of Jeannette, the daughter of a Cuban immigrant. When we met her she’s an adult struggling with addiction and a struggling relationship with her mother who personifies the wealthy Cuban lifestyle with her husband, a surgeon. Its also the story of a El Salvadorean illegal immigrant who along with her daughter, Ana, are deported to Mexico, where they learn to survive. Intermingling chapters tell the story of Jeannette’s Cuban heritage and history, her current addition problems and the story of young Ana and her mother as illegal immigrants in two countries. You can try to leave your past, but it is always with you and a part of your heritage.

LPL_MaryW Jan 31, 2021

Of Women and Salt is made up of interwoven snapshots. It starts with Jeanette, a young woman struggling with substance abuse in modern-day Miami who takes in her neighbor, a Salvadoran child whose mother has been taken by ICE. Through a non-linear timeline, we meet Carmen, Dolores, Maria Isabel—the Cuban women who came before her. And we hear the stories of the Salvadoran women as well. All of them women who make choices that their daughters may never understand. Gabriela Garcia’s characters are complex—flawed yet vibrant. This slim volume is like a toe dipped into a vast ocean of intergenerational trauma and the stories it conjures. The heartbeat of these stories is survival.


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