Book Review: The Salt God’s Daughter by Ilie Ruby

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The Salt God’s Daughter by Ilie Ruby (Soft Skull Press; 352 pages; $25).

                Ilie Ruby, the critically acclaimed author of The Language of Trees, counts among her influencers some big names like Isabel Allende and Alice Sebold.  Reading her moving, hypnotic new novel The Salt God’s Daughter,  I saw traces of both Allende and Sebold, as well as Alice Hoffmann.  Ruby combines elements of mystery, fantasy, and magical realism to tell a moving story about three generations of women in Southern California.  The Salt God’s Daughter is a beautifully told and seductive tale that lets Ruby show her amazing talent.

Ruby’s main character is Ruth, who, together with her older sister Dolly, struggles with an absent mother.  Diana, their unconventional mother, obsesses over the moon cycles of her beloved Old Farmer’s Almanac and interprets the phases of the moon.  They warn her of potential dangers or possible…

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