One of O: The Oprah Magazine's "10 Titles to Pick Up Now"
"[A] searing, gorgeous, brilliant and profoundly human novel about two generations of an African American family riding the slow-mo roller coaster of addiction." —San Francisco Chronicle
"Four voices tell this poignant story, making each page ache with a different shade of loneliness." —People
"In The Taste of Salt, Southgate writes with a minor-key melancholy that comes on softly, but lingers long after." —Entertainment Weekly
"[The Taste of Salt] hauntingly explores how the mistakes people make affect everyone around them." —NPR.org
"One of our favorite authors delves into a taboo topic: alcoholism in the Black community . . . Southgate is one of our most reliable tour guides inside the minds of fictitious Black rebels and outsiders . . . In a virtuoso balancing act, [she] tells [a] poignant story." —Essence
"A steady undercurrent of raw, complex emotions keeps the pages turning." —Bust Magazine
"Southgate brings a thoughtful intelligence to her downbeat tale." —Christian Science Monitor
"With compassion and a quiet grief, Southgate examines the ways families self-destruct even as they try to hold it together." —BookPage
"Southgate's arresting, fluid prose and authentic dialogue come together in a resonating study of relationships . . . A fascinating story that shows how the mistakes people make affect all those around them." —Publishers Weekly
"A compassionate, complex, and concentrated novel, tenderly powerful, that explores family bonds that last long after the family is dispersed." —Booklist
"Southgate does a wonderful job of telling Josie's story, touching on racism, sexism, alcoholism, and emotional infidelity . . . A good, attention-grabbing read." —Library Journal
“Martha Southgate’s latest novel is a compelling story about how we fight to keep our pasts from dictating our futures; it is also a poignant exploration of the legacies our families leave us and the dangers of trying to deny them.” —Danielle Evans, author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self
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