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The Taste of Salt

This just in ... a new novel has just come out, which features a WHOI scientist! The title is The Taste of Salt, and the author is Martha Southgate. Here’s what Publisher’s Weekly had to say:

“In her haunting fourth novel, Southgate (Third Girl from the Left) examines the complicated issues of race, family, love, and addiction. Josie Henderson is a widely respected scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts and prides herself on being the only senior-level African-American marine biologist there. Henderson loves her job and has a husband, Daniel, who adores her, but she can’t shake her past of growing up with an alcoholic father. The story spins out, told through Josie’s eyes and those of her brother, Tick, father, mother and husband after Josie goes back to her hometown of Cleveland to pick Tick up from his second stint in rehab. Southgate’s arresting, fluid prose and authentic dialogue come together in a resonating study of relationships, where selfish tendencies among the various characters are revealed, as are their feelings of regret. A fascinating story that shows how the mistakes people make affect all those around them.”

We’re going to have to see if we can get Martha Southgate to come speak at our next Breakfast With the Authors!

By the way ... you might notice that there is not a copy of this novel on CLAMS yet. We have one in the building, and it should be catalogued any moment now! Will put in the CLAMS link as soon as it is available.

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