The Salt Roads

The Salt Roads

Book - 2003
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Brought into being by the lamentations of three Caribbean slave women, a powerful deity begins a desperate search to discover herself and inhabits the minds of such women as a the seductive mistress of nineteenth-century poet Charles Baudelaire and a Nubian prostitute on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 300 A.D.
Publisher: New York : Warner Books, c2003.
ISBN: 9780446533027
Branch Call Number: FIC HOPKINSON, NALO
Characteristics: 394 p. ; 24 cm.


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Sep 13, 2017

This is my first experience with the author Nalo Hopkinson's stories. Mer, Jeanne, Thais, Ezili - it's like all these characters are living in me now, and I am so glad I found them.

Hopkinson's skill at weaving stories of African women's lives and loves from different timelines is excellent. Even pushing the me at times past comfort zones, her depiction of the earthiness of human, woman being goes deep and real. Childbirth and the risk to mother and child is there. A less genteel venture into body/blood - the scene where Jeanne and her lover Lise scry to see Lise's future husband comes to mind.

Her weaving the Gods and powers into the story is deft as all hell, and brings a sense of how real women, real people, have the experience of the Divine.

I've got a new favorite author, and I'm looking forward to reading more of her work. Even better - there's a film coming out - Brown Girl in the Ring - that I can't wait to see.


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