The Gilly Salt Sisters by Tiffany Baker

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Baker inhabits a world that is at once easy to assimilate into and difficult to get a handle on.
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The author of the New York Times bestselling The Little Giant of Aberdeen County returns with a magic-tinged tale of dreams, family secrets, and betrayals on a New England salt farm.

In the isolated Cape Cod village of Prospect, the Gilly sisters are as different as can be. Jo, a fierce and quiet loner, is devoted to the mysteries of her family's salt farm, while Claire is popular, pretty, and yearns to flee the salt at any cost. But the Gilly land hides a dark legacy that proves impossible to escape. Although the community half-suspects the Gilly sisters might be witches, it doesn't stop Whit Turner, the town's wealthiest bachelor, from forcing his way into their lives. It's Jo who first steals Whit's heart, but it is Claire--heartbroken over her high school sweetheart--who marries him.

Years later, estranged from her family, Claire finds herself thrust back onto the farm with the last person she would have chosen: her husband's pregnant mistress. Suddenly, alliances change, old loves return, and new battle lines are drawn. What the Gilly sisters learn about each other, the land around them, and the power of the salt, will not only change each of their lives forever, it will also alter Gilly history for good.
 

About Tiffany Baker

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Tiffany Baker is the author of The Gilly Salt Sisters and The Little Giant of Aberdeen County, which was a New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle bestseller. She holds an MFA (creative writing) and a PhD (Victorian Literature) from UC Irvine, and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children.
 
Published March 14, 2012 by Grand Central Publishing. 388 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
Mar 01 2012

Baker’s gift for richly embroidered fantasy only partially compensates for the novel’s inconsistency.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
Oct 31 2011

Though the contrast between familiar, universal conflicts and the forays into the mysteries of the elemental sometimes works against the narrative, the characters and Baker’s prose engage.

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Book Reporter

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Reviewed by Jana Siciliano on Mar 22 2012

Baker inhabits a world that is at once easy to assimilate into and difficult to get a handle on.

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Library Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by Nancy Fontaine on Nov 01 2011

Fans of Baker’s acclaimed The Little Giant of Aberdeen County won’t be disappointed with this quirky, complex, and original tale.

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