Title: The Salt God’s Daughter
Author: Ilie Ruby
Genre/Audience: Fantasy, adult
Publication: Soft Skull Press, 2012
Source: For review
Review by Kim
Summary: The Salt God’s Daughter follows Ruthie and her older sister, Dolly, two sisters whose mother dies an early death. This leads them to the Bethesda Home for Girls, where they come of age, running wild at night in search of belonging and love.
My Thoughts: I thought the characters were interesting, albeit sad, as even when their mother was alive, she had a tendency of abandoning them and/or ignoring them, even when she was there. This novel is what most critics would describe as “beautifully written,” and it is. There are lots of gorgeous descriptions and imagery, and I’m sure English teachers everywhere would love it! I liked the story, but was kind of distracted by the whole mythical theme that was going on. If you like fantasy and mythical tales, this would definitely be the book for you. I liked it, but didn’t love it, because that’s not really my thing. I’ve seen a lot of rave reviews though, so definitely check it out! Despite not loving this one, I’m still glad to have read it, and will definitely be reading Ruby’s first novel, The Language of Trees, because she’s from my hometown!
My Rating: 3/5