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.
I've read this book twice, and found it powerful on so many levels. I won't summarize the story--that has already been done in other reviews--but want to say that what... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Desert Mambo
Stemming from the Latin crudos, meaning "raw, uncooked, bleeding," and related to cruor "blood from a wound" The Salt Roads is indeed crude. Read morePublished on January 6, 2012 by Baxter Clare
This is my first reading of Nalo Hopkinson's writing. Although, I find the book engaging to some degree, I get really turned off by the misrepresentation of the Goddesses Ezili and... Read morePublished on September 5, 2008 by Mami_Wanga
I am a 22 year old college student and I chose this book because I was tired of reading all of the street fiction out there. From the first page of this book, Nalo captures me. Read morePublished on June 24, 2006 by StylishCurvyGirl
I absolutely loved Ms. Hopkinson's debut novel, BROWN GIRL IN THE RING, so I was really hopeful about this ambitious novel. Read morePublished on November 22, 2004 by BB
The Salt Roads is the third novel by science fiction writer, Nalo Hopkinson; however, this novel is really more of a historical fantasy. Read morePublished on November 3, 2004 by Loose Leaves Book Review
Mer, a healer and midwife, is an African slave on a sugar plantation on Saint Domingue (renamed Haiti in 1804). Read morePublished on October 13, 2004 by Josh Aterovis
No one writes like Nalo Hopkinson and she does not write to the market. She writes what she writes and I'm glad she wrote The Salt Roads. It is extraordinary. Read morePublished on September 15, 2004 by Katharine M. Savage
Complicated, sexy, rewarding. This is a book that stays with you long after you've finished it. This book is so rich! Read morePublished on May 2, 2004