Mini Book Review: The Taste of Salt

It made me cry.

There isn’t much else I can say — anything else would sound pretentious and made up. Or else I’d have to let you all in too close to my heart. And while most days it’s easy to pretend that I’m talking to myself here (at least while I write it), there’s other days that I remember these words will be read by other people. And some stuff just can’t be shared with strangers.

So go buy The Taste of Salt by Martha Southgate, or check it out of the library, like I did, and read about Josie and her brother Tick, her mother, Sarah, and Ray, her father. And Daniel, and Ben, and the rest of the characters who float through the book, achingly drawn portraits seen slightly distorted, as seen through water.

Do we ever see life in any other way?

Five out of five stars.

This Week’s Reading

The Beginner’s Goodbye — Anne Tyler
Copper Beach — Jayne Ann Krentz
The Taste of Salt — Martha Southgate
The Best American Short Stories of 2011 — edited by Geraldine Brooks
Birds of Paradise — Diana Abu-Jaber

There were lots of great books in the New Books section at the library today. I had to leave (enough books for a while) before I had looked at all the ones that caught my eye. Next time, I guess.

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