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Ezili becomes entangled with Mer because the midwife's prayers helped draw her into the mortal world. The novel presents a reasonable, though undeveloped, connection between Meritet/St. Mary, the Virgin Mary, and the goddesses of Africa. However, it's not clear why Ezili becomes entangled with Jeanne Duval. This is because The Salt Roads is sketchy, its three storylines compressed; the novel reads more like three novellas incompletely braided. This is a shame, because each mortal character's life could have made a fine, full, fascinating novel by itself.
John W. Campbell Award winner Nalo Hopkinson's first novel, Brown Girl in the Ring, won the Warner Aspect First Novel Contest and the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Her second novel, the New York Times Notable Book Midnight Robber, was a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Philip K. Dick, and James Tiptree Jr. Awards. The Salt Roads is her third novel. --Cynthia Ward --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A friend gave me this. I certainly wouldn't buy it. It switches back and forth between the Caribbean and Paris, where Baudelaire's mistress, the mulatto woman, lived. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Janster
This is my least favorite by this author. So far. It bounced around just enough to frustrate me. I liked the individual stories a lot.Published 4 months ago by K. P. Cunningham
This is a "can't put it down" novel that takes the reader across time and continents to tell many stories of the oppressed and the enslaved, while telling a meta-story of... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Cherie A. Turpin
Sadly, bodily functions don't do it for me.
This tale has the content of a short story, split between historic Paris, ancient Egypt and colonial Caribbean for no clear... Read more
Told through the eyes of three women that are linked by the love goddess, Elizi of voodoo. Elizi travels through time to possess each woman. Read morePublished 7 months ago by S. Mahaffey
Nalo Hopkinson not only brings a much needed, and lacking, perspective to speculative fiction, but does it in a truly captivating way. Read morePublished 8 months ago by J Dot
Nalo Hopkinson is a Jamaican-born Canadian. Some aspects of The Salt Roads incorporate Carribean (particulalry Haitian) mythology. Read morePublished 8 months ago by TChris
Nalo Hopkinson has written a wonder of magical realism in "The Salt Roads," which focuses on the lives of three women of African heritage from different historical periods. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Charl A. Harper