Sneak Peek: The Taste of Salt by Martha Southgate

We’re thrilled to give you an early peek at Martha Southgate’s novel The Taste of Salt, arriving  in bookstores  on September 13th. Read some fantastic pre-pub blurbs below and don’t miss the excerpt at the bottom of the page.

Award-winning novelist Martha Southgate (who, in the words of Julia Glass, “can write fat and hot, then lush and tender, then just plain truthful and burning with heart”) now tells the story of a family pushed to its limits by addiction over the course of two generations. Josie Henderson loves the water and is fulfilled by her position as the only senior-level black scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. In building this impressive life for herself, she has tried to shed the one thing she cannot: her family back in land-locked Cleveland. Her adored brother, Tick, was her childhood ally as they watched their drinking father push away all the love that his wife and children were trying to give him. Now Tick himself has been coming apart and demands to be heard. Weaving four voices into a beautiful tapestry, Southgate charts the lives of the Hendersons from the parents first charmed meeting to Josie’s realization that the ways of the human heart are more complex than anything seen under a microscope.

 

Advance Praise for The Taste of Salt:
“A haunting novel about the ways we hurt and are hurt by the people we love most in the world, and about how, despite that, we find solace in their love.”—Ayelet Waldman, author of Red Hook Road

“A poignant exploration of the legacies our families leave us and the dangers of trying to deny them.”—Danielle Evans, author of Before you Suffocate Your Own Fool Self

“Open-hearted and open-eyed, Southgate explores how we come together, how we come apart, and how we hold one another, with all our beauties and flaws.”—Stacey D’Ersamo, author of The Sky Below

“Extraordinarily moving and keenly sensitive tour de force that will linger in your mind and heart for a long time.”—James Hannaham, author of God Says No

“Martha Southgate has written a tender, confident, and unfussy novel about a marine biologist who tries to save herself by shutting out the human world. Of course, that never works, and her journey back toward connection gives this novel its charge. This book is a moving eulogy for lost loved ones and even for a lost, loved city, Cleveland. The Taste of Salt had me misting up by the end. For real.”—Victor LaValle, author of Big Machine

The Taste of Salt is a beautiful and heartbreaking portrait of a modern family.   Employing a chorus of voices and perspectives,  Martha Southgate probes the depths of her troubled characters with clarity and tenderness.”—Dan Chaon,  author of Await Your Reply

 

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July 6, 2011
9:43 am
rhonda lomazow says...

Would love to read it!!

July 6, 2011
9:45 am
Jill Hartmann says...

As a fellow water lover this sounds great – would love a copy!

July 6, 2011
9:50 am
Cari says...

Oh, pick me, pick me! Sounds captivating, and I can’t wait to read it.

July 6, 2011
9:50 am
Beth Barnes says...

Salty dog! I’d like to read it.

July 6, 2011
9:52 am
Ashley says...

This sounds wonderful! Would love a copy to review!

July 6, 2011
9:52 am
Laurel Hamilton says...

Love,family,addiction. The trinity known by so many. I’d like to read it because I’m one of those “many,” I’m a recent Cleveland transplant, and it sounds like a lovely and touching read.

July 6, 2011
9:53 am
Michelle says...

This sounds like it will be a very interesting read.

July 6, 2011
9:53 am
Vicki Goode says...

Sounds like a really compelling read. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

July 6, 2011
9:53 am
Suzanne Wargo says...

Sounds like a perfect fit for my life. Would love to read

July 6, 2011
9:54 am
Gayle Lin says...

Even though I have such a fear of water, I love books about family problems. It makes me feel even more blessed by my family. All of our faults pale in comparison.

July 6, 2011
9:54 am
Cassandra Cantrell says...

Sounds great and an author that I’ve not read so would love to have one of the ARC’s up for grabs!

July 6, 2011
9:55 am
Jane says...

All I need to know is that this book is published by Algonquin! Your books are always such high quality. Would love to have an advance copy.

July 6, 2011
10:01 am
Lisa Emig says...

Used to go the Cape every summer with my family and haven’t been back since 2000, miss it terribly. I’d love an advance copy.

July 6, 2011
10:07 am
Terri says...

Would so love this ARC. I’ve hard great things about Martha Southgate’s writing.

July 6, 2011
10:12 am
Andre kelton says...

I agree wholeheartedly with Julia Glass, I’ve read all of Martha’s books and have enjoyed them immensely. So I eagerly look forward to winning a copy of A Taste of Salt!

July 6, 2011
10:17 am
Ami says...

Sounds like a great summer read! Would love to see it.

July 6, 2011
10:17 am
Paula says...

The ocean always comforts me… this sounds like an interesting story, would love to read it!

July 6, 2011
10:18 am
Jim Carmin says...

Algonquin’s on a severe excellent roll these days; congrats on all!

July 6, 2011
10:22 am
Jane Gilman says...

I haven’t read this author but her view of the modern family sounds challenging. We all belong to a family however much we sometimes wish we didn’t. Would love to have an advance copy.

July 6, 2011
10:25 am
Laurie Blum says...

Sounds like a great book to read while recovering from knee replacement surgery…pick me plz:-)

July 6, 2011
10:27 am
Shevi says...

Love Martha Southgate! Would love a copy.

July 6, 2011
10:29 am
Sara says...

Algonquin sounds like they have published another great read. I will visit my favorite book seller In Sept.

July 6, 2011
10:33 am
Susan Schleicher says...

Don’t we all have a little dysfunction in our family. I know I do! I read the little bit you have posted here and I am sucked in! This book sounds like a great read, I love this kind of story.

Thanks for the chance to win.

July 6, 2011
10:35 am
Susan Schleicher says...

Oh — and I meant to add – the cover is beautiful!

July 6, 2011
10:35 am
Cynthia Baskin says...

Sounds like a terrific book. Would love the opportunity to read it pre-pub. Thanks.

July 6, 2011
10:42 am
Kirsty says...

What a lovely cover! Would love to read!

July 6, 2011
10:43 am
Julie Zeller says...

Thanks for the chance… I loved her last book.

July 6, 2011
10:45 am
Teresa says...

I was intrigued by this one right away. Count me in!

July 6, 2011
10:46 am
Grace says...

I would love to win it!

July 6, 2011
10:53 am
Pam Straus says...

Love the cover. Sounds like a good read.

July 6, 2011
11:19 am
Colleen Turner says...

Wow, this sounds so powerful! Addiction can destroy a family, from one generation on to the next. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book!

July 6, 2011
11:28 am
Tanya says...

Looks like another good book to add to my tbr list!

July 6, 2011
11:35 am
Stephanie Addink says...

This sounds very good, looking forward to it!

July 6, 2011
12:01 pm
Crafty Green poet says...

sounds an excellent read! I’d love to win a copy!

July 6, 2011
12:46 pm
slb says...

I’d really love to read an advance copy of this! I so enjoyed the originality of voice and content Southgate brought to Third Girl from the Left. I’m sure this will be just as great a read.

July 6, 2011
1:09 pm
Flashette Shirer says...

This looks like another good book from Martha Southgate. I have been a fan of her writing since The Fall of Rome.

July 6, 2011
1:16 pm
Jennifer O says...

This sounds fantastic. Thanks for holding this giveaway.

July 6, 2011
1:55 pm
Anjelica Whitehorne says...

Wow, this looks awesome! Definitely going to have to add it to my reading and recommending lists!

July 6, 2011
1:57 pm
Regina! says...

I’m a huge fan of Martha Southgate’s work and am thrilled to know that her next literary gem will arrive this fall…can’t wait!

July 6, 2011
2:35 pm
JenniferO. says...

The description of this new novel is stunning. I would love to enter this world, created by Southgate. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this novel!

July 6, 2011
6:45 pm
Laurie C says...

Looks perfect for a summer’s end read. I really liked Martha Southgate’s book, The Fall of Rome. Third Girl from the Left is still on my TBR list.

July 6, 2011
11:09 pm
SIMONE says...

I love Martha Southeast. I can’t wait for this book.

July 7, 2011
9:55 am
Sabrina Noor says...

Sounds amazing! Would love the chance to read it fully.

July 7, 2011
10:34 am
Rhona Scoville says...

I love salt. I love books. Gimme!

July 7, 2011
11:38 am
Joshunda says...

I love Martha’s writing and I can’t wait to read this one!

July 7, 2011
2:07 pm
tarshel says...

Love, Love, Love Southgate’s writing. It would be such a joy to read this next month while on vacation!

July 12, 2011
11:21 am
Hope says...

I’ve never read one of Ms. Southgate’s books…but after reading the above excerpt, I’m definitely adding her to my list!

July 15, 2011
12:38 pm
Jana Harver says...

I am looking for another great summer read, and this looks like it! Also, could add another author to my list -I wanna win it!

July 15, 2011
2:16 pm
Julie Zeller says...

I would love to read this book. I thoroughly enjoyed THE FALL OF ROME a few years back.

August 12, 2011
9:18 am
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