Of Women and Salt: A Novel (Paperback)

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“Gabriela Garcia has delivered a gripping novel that moves between modern-day Miami and revolutionary and post-revolution Cuba to tell the stories of four generations of women whose past traumas continue to play out in current times. It’s a story of strength, immigration, and the unbreakable bonds between mothers and daughters. Of Women and Salt took my breath away on multiple occasions and continues to take hold of my thoughts.”
— Pat Rudebusch, Orinda Books, Orinda, CA

Winter 2022 Reading Group Indie Next List

“Interwoven stories of women and their pain, love, sacrifice, betrayal, roots, and identity will challenge you and stay with you long after you finish. Perfect for book clubs: you’ll want to discuss it as soon as you put it down.”
— Emily Autenrieth, A Seat at the Table Books, Elk Grove, CA



WINNER of the Isabel Allende Most Inspirational Fiction Award - International Latino Book Awards WINNER of
Best Literary Fiction - She Reads Best of 2021 Awards
FINALIST for the 2022 Southern Book Prize LONGLISTED for Crook’s Corner Book PrizeNOMINEE for 2021 Goodreads Choice Award in Debut Novel and Historical Fiction

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.

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 poetry have appeared in Best American Poetry, Tin House, Zyzzyva, Iowa Review, and elsewhere. She received an MFA in fiction from Purdue and lives in the Bay Area. Of Women and Salt is her first novel.

Praise For…

Named a Best Book of the Year:
Cosmopolitan • The Boston Globe • Real Simple • Marie Claire • Reader’s Digest • Good Housekeeping • Woman’s Day • She Reads • Austin Public Library • Harper’s Bazaar

Roxane Gay's June 2021 Audacious Book Club Pick
A Most Anticipated Book of 2021 (Books Are Magic, Bustle, Buzzfeed, Electric Literature, Entertainment Weekly, Goodreads, Harper's Bazaar, O Magazine, Lit Hub, Write or Die Tribe, Palm Beach Daily, and more!)

“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, bestselling author of Hunger and Bad Feminist

"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, bestselling author of Heart Berries

"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

“[A] beautifully evocative first novel.” — The New York Times Book Review

"This riveting account will please readers of sweeping multigenerational stories." — Publishers Weekly

“I love the way Garcia is able to combine trauma and lyricism, briars and roses, in the lives of the complex, passionate women at the center of this beautiful debut.” — Miranda Cowley Heller, author of The Paper Palace

“Of Women and Salt reads like poetry.” — Vogue

“Highly anticipated.” — Elle

“A mesmerizing patchwork of determination, courage, and survival.” — The Washington Post

"From the perspectives of several generations of Cuban women, this remarkable debut shines a brilliant light on the broken immigration system and legacy of trauma for the people who endure it." — Ms. Magazine

“Following three generations of Cuban women from Mexico to Miami, Gabriela Garcia’s debut novel promises to be a sweeping tour de force about addiction, displacement, and the legacy of trauma." — Harper's Bazaar

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

"This gripping, accomplished debut follows generations of Cuban women, from María Isabel, rolling cigars as she listens to the words of Victor Hugo and men die around her, to Jeanette, struggling with addiction in Miami, and trying to find a place in the world that feels real." — 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

"I love a sweeping, ambitious debut, and this novel about a woman’s family, with examinations of contemporary immigration and trauma and motherhood, sounds just incredible." — Emma Straub,
New York Times bestselling author of The Vacationers and All Adults Here

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250776709
ISBN-10: 1250776708
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: January 4th, 2022
Pages: 224
Language: English