May 2021 – Of Women & Salt by Gabriella Garcia

C9AF6240-CE06-4DC6-B49B-E3B5FFFC6092Our first REAL meeting post pandemic.   REALLY missed our book club meetings, talking, discussing, catching up etc!  Remember, book club is part literary, part social part therapy!  It’s a delightful dance of discussions and where those may lead!  (I’m actually posting this in July – got behind in my book club posts!)

We met at my house – located in Frog Hollow (East Point Ga) – my house is lovingly named Speckled Egg Cottage.   Everyone brings a nibble to share (those peanut butter stuffed dates ARE THE BOMB thank you girl!) and a libation (wine – helps with great conversations!).   We also had an impromtue birthday sing along for our Jules! (Julie Sharp).   We had two of our icons join us (Julie A and Anda Panda).   So very happy to see everyone!

Our May book was quite interesting  – many different takes on symbolism in the book.

Author bio: 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.

Summary: Of Women and Salt tells the intertwined stories of women in two families from the 19th century to the present day. After an unstable childhood during the Cuban revolution, Carmen leaves her mother behind and immigrates to Florida. Later, in a wealthy suburb, Carmen tries to provide her daughter, Jeanette, with a comfortable American life. Jeanette has a drug addiction, is hiding a tragic secret and is desperately seeking a purpose.

We enjoyed the book.   My take is that you never know what’s happening behind closed doors!

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