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Publisher's Summary

2021 Washington Post Best Books of the Year

An Instant New York Times Best Seller

A Good Morning America Book Club Pick

This program includes a bonus conversation between the author and Roxane Gay.

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

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, Gabriela Garcia's Of Women and Salt is 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.  

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books

©2021 Gabriela Garcia (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

April 2021's Indie Next pick

Roxane Gay's June 2021 Audacious Book Club Pick

A Most Anticipated Book: Books Are Magic, Bustle, Bookish, Buzzfeed, E! News, Electric Literature, Entertainment Weekly, Good Morning America, Goop, Goodreads, Harper's Bazaar, New York Times, O Magazine, Parade, Lit Hub, Refinery29, St. Louis Magazine, Vogue India, Write or Die Tribe, Reader's Digest, Palm Beach Daily, PopSugar, The Nerd Daily, TIME Magazine, Yahoo! News

"Of Women and Salt is a fierce and powerful debut. Garcia wields narrative power, cultivating true and profound work on migration, legacy, and survival." (Terese Marie Mailhot, best-selling author of Heart Berries

“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, best-selling author of Hunger and Bad Feminist

"[A] beautifully evocative first novel...This book is shaped, and given buoyancy, by Garcia’s sharp prose and by Jeanette’s ability to continue believing that the unexpected is possible, even as it repeatedly fails to materialize." (New York Times Book Review

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Bored

I have read over 200 books on audible and this is the first one I gave up on halfway through. There are the seeds of several fascinating stories here. I could not figure out the relationship between the characters. I would get very interested in one person's tale and Bang! was jolted into a different storyline altogether. I feel this author has a lot to say and a lot that should be heard. Keep telling your stories but in a more compelling manner.

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I loved it!

as a Cuban american who now works with Latin American refugees, I felt like I knew each one of her characters

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interesting topics and people, not a good ending

reader: if going to use discussion accent pray attention to accents on words like San Luis potosi, with accent at the end... Book: hard to keep characters straight, better to take a few and write a compelling story, instead of many workout a really ending. Novel ending disappointing and a non-ending. It didn't wrap various bird and people into one cohesive narrative ending.

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Incredible!

I don’t k ow what you’re doing, but drop it and read/ listen to this book! It’s fantastic! You’ll enjoy the rich descriptions and robust themes!

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Amazing, beautiful and heartbreaking

What a debut novel! This is great writing, superbly narrated. Absolutely recommend it. Hope many enjoy it and share it too.

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A beautiful debut and wonderful story

The stories of these women and their struggles is so touching. It leaves you thinking about your own family and their history. The narrator for the audible was great. Kept me engaged the whole way through.

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Loved this book

What a beautiful book with amazing characters. The performance on this audiobook was also wonderful. This has been my favorite audiobook in a while.

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Short stories connected through characters

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was not expecting the ending when it came. The book is a cross between short stories and a novel, telling separate stories with characters whose lives intersect. The women are all interesting in that they have a plain desire and are complex people living in an imperfect world.

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An immigrant story that is not a cliche

I loved this novel. As an immigrant married to another immigrant I know there is no one story that describes the journey of the millions of people that every year come to this country from all over the world. These immigrants and their children and their children’s children are all affected in different ways and some suffer a lot more than others. This book explores that and I found myself in some parts of the story but not all of them, like It should be. Also, women carry the biggest burden as immigrants and this novel reflects that beautifully. I highly recommend it

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Like the overall story

I Liked the overall story but found the book to be a little confusing to follow at times. It seems like it was More short stories put together and then tied in together leaving it to be a little hard to read

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