The Salt God's Daughter by Ilie Ruby

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Set in Southern California against a magical landscape, exotic folklore, and a world teeming with the spirits of sea lions comes a feminist folktale of mythic proportions about sisters Ruthie and Dolly, who survive in a virtually motherless world as they search for a home and for true love. Caught in the riptide of a culture that both glorifies and demonizes female sexuality, the girls refuse to accept the labels and the limits that are placed on them. Ruthie finds herself in the arms of a man who walks out of the sea, who is somehow different from other men. When she has a daughter who is born with a secret, she discovers just how far she'll go to protect herself and those she loves. Imbued with a traditional Scottish folktale and hints of Jewish mysticism, The Salt God's Daughter illuminates the tremulous bonds of maternal love, the lovely and often harsh realities of girlhood, and the mixed blessings of identity--a stunning, raw evolutionary tale.

About Ilie Ruby

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Ilie Ruby is a painter and short story author. She lives near Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband and the three children they adopted from Africa.
Published September 1, 2012 by Soft Skull Press. 352 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As a young woman, with one brief marriage already behind her, Ruthie moves back to work at the motel, now a nursing home, where she falls in love with a mysterious fisherman she calls “the Salt God.” Family secrets and otherworldly powers slowly unfold until all is explained.

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City Book Review

Three women, three generations, three struggles to overcome the obstacles life has strewn in their paths.

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Chick Lit Central

Her novel is filled with myths and folklore - one might argue her writing is more based on myth than reality, as well.

Oct 19 2012 | Read Full Review of The Salt God's Daughter

Red Room

We wanted to hold the labels in our hands, to turn them around, to take them apart.” This enjoyable read stays true to this objective throughout, bringing unforgettable characters to readers through circumstances that are believable, yet nestled in the cultural traditions and superstitions we som...

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