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Salt Dancers Paperback – March 1, 1997
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Ursula Hegi follows her masterful and critically acclaimed novel Stones from the River with a dramatic contemporary tale of one woman's journey back to her childhood through layers of memory, fear, longing, and love. Unmarried and pregnant at forty-one, Julia returns home to a father she hasn't seen in twenty-three years, and to the memories of secrecy, betrayal, abuse and abandonment that haunt her still. Haunting and lyrical, beautiful and harrowing, Salt Dancers fulfills the promise of Hegi's earlier work. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Readers of Floating in My Mother's Palm and Stones from the River, Hegi's impressive sagas of life in a fictional German village, are acquainted with her storytelling skill, her sinewy yet lyrical prose and her strong moral imagination. In comparison with those page-hefty books, this is a slim volume, but it lacks none of the psychological insights and emotional impact of the earlier novels. For almost a decade of Julia Ives's life in Spokane, Wash., her father was a protective, nurturing presence. He taught her the salt dance, a ritual to help her leave everything she feared behind a line of salt, and he gave her the "trouble people," dolls that can solve your troubles while you sleep. Ironically, these have become metaphors for the emotional safety Julia lost one day when she was nine and her brother Travis a year younger, when her mother left them all without a word and vanished from their lives. Stunned and aching with loneliness, Julia then had to endure her father's frequent drunken assaults; he beat her, demanding that she declare her love for him. College was Julia's passport out of Spokane. Now, 24 years later, pregnant but unmarried at 41, she comes from her home in Vermont to confront her father with her memories, to see her brother, who also bears emotional scars from their childhood, and to try to fathom the mystery of her mother's disappearance. Hegi uses Julia's quest to explore the selective power of memory and the ambiguities that cloud family relationships. She evokes the varied landscape of Washington and the emotional landscape of Julia's memories with equal facility, though she sometimes overindulges in Julia's fantasies of finding her mother. Yet, there is both poignancy and suspense in Julia's journey through her past, and the surprises she encounters in herself as well as others lead to a healing resolution that has the open-ended feel of real life.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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There are plenty of deep underlying themes. The character Julie creates many scenes in her mind. Are the imaginings a way of escaping or are they gypsy premonitions ? I feel sorry for the brother, Travis but he made his choices. The mother also made decisions that impacted the lives of everyone who loved her. Was she at fault? The father was complex and left the reader without a clear understanding.
I really liked the book but some of my fellow book club members felt that it moved too slow in the beginning. I really liked the salt dance and would have liked to read about it a little more. Also we could not find any discussion questions that sometimes are helpful for groups. Thank you, Linda S H