A family still struggling with a death in the family will either be destroyed like a boat in a storm or come together and survive the winds.
Title: The Salt House
Author: Lisa Duffy
ISBN: 1501156551 (ISBN13: 9781501156557)
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary
First Publication Date: June 13th 2017 (304 pages)
Available Formats on Amazon:
- e-book $9.99
- Paperback $12.65
- Audio CD $26.22
- audiobook available through audible
Why I chose this book:
I have a hard time reading Women’s fiction and know I need to explore more of the genre. This one seemed interesting without being too ‘whiny.’
The multiple points of view from everyone in the family is quite unique, while the writing itself I found to be outstanding.
From Amazon:“Duffy eloquently displays the emotional complexities of a family going through the healing process. Readers of Elin Hilderbrand or Luanne Rice will enjoy.” (Library Journal)
slice of life, realness, maine -location, family problems, happy ending, mainstream fiction
This is a book from people who enjoy slower books full of emotion.
“Clues for the Future”
Maine, toddler death, lobster fishing, pneumonia, Jess – teen, Kat – youngest, Hope – mom, Jack – dad
- Quality: 4★
I think more could have been done to improve it.
- Popularity: 2★
This book isn’t well known yet and is a book for specific people, not everyone.
- The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve
This book is also set in Maine with a mother character, but is historical fiction
- When I’m Gone by Emily Bleeker
A book about overcoming grief and raising children, but with a dash more romance
- Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
Both are set in Maine and deal with a husband and wife relationship
- A Hole in the Earth by Robert Bausch
Both books take place in summer are mainstream fiction and deal with family relationships
“I wrote about how you can love your child with something that surpasses logic and reason and words, and you can still screw up. Even with the best intentions and loftiest goals, sometimes, as a parent, you fail. I wrote how so many of these moments stare back at you and say, See, you were told being a parent would be harder than you imagined, the hardest job in the world, and you didn’t believe it. Did you?”
I think this is a great quote to start with because it captures Hope’s feelings about how she has screwed up as a mother.
Spending time talking about each character would be a good method with this book. It is very character driven so, describing the characters and how they are dealing with the grief would work.
This is a booktalk I would give to adults, probably not teens, book clubs, and specifically parents because they might understand the feelings more.
- What do you think of the title? It is the name of the home they are remodeling, but was left abandoned, do you think it has some significance to the story?
- What are your impressions of Finn? How about his interaction with Jess when he was at his house to talk to his youngest step-son?
- Do you think Hope and Jack are right in their decision to not tell Kat what happened to Maddie? How about Jess’s decision to not tell her the trust about Jack in the hospital?
- What did you think of the multiple points of view? Was there one you preferred or one you did not? Could you have done without one or added another?
- Do you think Hope was right to be confused about no one telling their problems or new things in their life with her? Do you think the family should have still been open with her? Was there something else they could have done?
(Issues/Secrets: Jack and the traps or his issue with Finn, Jess with her love life, and Kat with being bullied)