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Title:
The Gilly salt sisters
Author:
Baker, Tiffany.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Grand Central Pub., 2012.
Physical Description:
372 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780446194235
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Book

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Summary

Summary

The author of the New York Times bestselling The Little Giant of Aberdeen County returns with a magic-tinged tale of dreams, family secrets, and betrayals on a New England salt farm.

In the isolated Cape Cod village of Prospect, the Gilly sisters are as different as can be. Jo, a fierce and quiet loner, is devoted to the mysteries of her family's salt farm, while Claire is popular, pretty, and yearns to flee the salt at any cost. But the Gilly land hides a dark legacy that proves impossible to escape. Although the community half-suspects the Gilly sisters might be witches, it doesn't stop Whit Turner, the town's wealthiest bachelor, from forcing his way into their lives. It's Jo who first steals Whit's heart, but it is Claire--heartbroken over her high school sweetheart--who marries him.

Years later, estranged from her family, Claire finds herself thrust back onto the farm with the last person she would have chosen: her husband's pregnant mistress. Suddenly, alliances change, old loves return, and new battle lines are drawn. What the Gilly sisters learn about each other, the land around them, and the power of the salt, will not only change each of their lives forever, it will also alter Gilly history for good.


Author Notes

Tiffany Baker is the author of The Gilly Salt Sisters and The Little Giant of Aberdeen County , which was a New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle bestseller. She holds an MFA (creative writing) and a PhD (Victorian Literature) from UC Irvine, and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children.


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Booklist Review

As caretakers of the local salt marsh, the Gilly sisters, as well as the uniquely savory salt they produce, are common fixtures in the tiny village of Prospect. Inseparable as children but as different as night and day as adults, Jo and Claire Gilly struggle to navigate the small-town politics that still rule Prospect. When an old love resurfaces, Jo and Claire find that long-buried conflicts have yet to be fully resolved, and an entirely new set of battle lines threatens to divide the people of Prospect. Baker's second novel (after The Little Giant of Aberdeen County, 2009) is a heartfelt tale of family relationships, small-town drama, and new opportunities. Jo and Claire are well-drawn, finely crafted characters, and Baker adeptly describes the fractious and multilayered relationship the sisters have with one another. The imagery of Cape Cod is gorgeously rendered, leaving the reader with a fully immersive picture of the insular village. Loyal readers of Anita Shreve, Maeve Binchy, and Alice Hoffman should enjoy this poignant, lush, and well-written tale of family secrets, revenge, forgiveness, and connections not easily severed.--Turza, Stephanie Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

From the author of The Little Giant of Aberdeen County comes this quirky and uneven novel set on Cape Cod's salt marshes and the family salt farm of the Gilly sisters, Jo and Claire. After the deaths of their brother, Henry, and later, their mother, Claire sets a barn on fire, and as a result, badly scars her older sister. She then marries into the town's most prominent and acquisitive family, leaving Jo to run the failing farm on her own. The prologue establishes the novel's strong gothic overtones, especially Jo's memories of the town's annual scrying, a fortune-telling practice in which she was required to throw salt into a bonfire to predict events for the coming year, with unhappy results. Though the contrast between familiar, universal conflicts and the forays into the mysteries of the elemental sometimes works against the narrative, the characters and Baker's prose engage. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

The residents of the small Cape Cod town Prospect have odd ways, not least of which is the annual December Eve (November 30) bonfire. The community gathers to watch one of the Gilly women, owners of Salt Creek Farm, throw their salt on the flames. Blue means a good year to come, red means love, and black means bad news. The salt has other magical properties as well, like creating or withholding success for businesses that stock it. Feared as possible witches rather than loved, the Gillys are respected by everyone but the wealthy Turners, who own most of Prospect. Producing the salt is backbreaking work, but Jo Gilly seems made for the job; she not only works the salt, she knows it inside and out. Her sister, Claire, is the opposite, eager to leave the farm. VERDICT Fans of Baker's acclaimed The Little Giant of Aberdeen County won't be disappointed with this quirky, complex, and original tale. It is also sure to enchant readers who enjoy Alice Hoffman and other authors of magical realism. [See Prepub Alert, 9/26/11.]-Nancy Fontaine, Dartmouth Coll., Hanover, NH (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.