The Salt Roads

The Salt Roads

eBook - 2015
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Nalo Hopkinson's third novel invokes the goddess of love in the name of redemption Hopkinson's time-traveling, genre-spanning novel weaves a common thread of spiritualism and hope through three intertwined stories of women possessed by Ezili, the goddess of love, as she inspires, inhabits, and guides them through trying personal and historical moments. Jeanne Duval is a talented entertainer suffering from the ravages of a sexually transmitted disease; Mer is a slave and talented doctor who bears witness as Saint Domingue throws off the yoke of colonial rule in the early nineteenth century; and Meritet is a woman of the night who finds religion her own way. Though the three are separated by many miles and centuries, a powerful bond draws them together. Epic, wrenching, and passionate, The Salt Roads is laced with graceful, lyrical prose. Hopkinson has crafted a one-of-a-kind novel that spans hundreds of years and multiple countries to tell a mystical, heartrending story of self-worth, respect, and salvation.
Publisher: [United States] : Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy : Made available through hoopla, 2015.
ISBN: 9781504001168
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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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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