Season of Salt and Honey by Hannah Tunnicliffe, published September 1, 2015; Touchstone
Genre: contemporary fiction; women's fiction
Objective rating: 4/5 stars
My comments: Francesca "Frankie" Caputo hides out in her former fiance's family cabin in the Washington State woods, unable to face friends or family after his death in a surfing accident. Her fiance, Alex, used to take her to this cabin, which she finds a refuge after his funeral.
However, Alex's parents want her out of the cabin and charge her with trespassing. She remains anyway, bolstered by friendships with new neighbors and one small child who shows her the forests and the foods one can forage there. Things come to a head when both her boisterous Italian family and Alex's parents come to the cabin, and Frankie finds out the truth about herself and her relationship with her now deceased fiance.
An excellent novel of loss and family ties, truth and its consequences. A lovely novel revealing family and love relationships and their sometimes complex qualities.
First chapter, first paragraph:
Aunty Connie's cucumber sandwiches, stripped free of plastic wrap, are lined up on a rectangular plate on Mrs. Gardner's table, pointed tips dried and turning stale, like rows of teeth. Four rows, the jaw of a great white shark. I stare at them too long and feel my father's gaze turn towards me. I force myself to blink. He watches me from across that room filled with people wearing black and charcoal. It isn't the weather for these colors; it's unseasonably hot and the musty smell of clothes pulled from the backs of drawers mingles pungently with spring sweat.Teaser, ch. 11:
"...You'd think your mom would be pleased - rapt - that she could offer Frankie a place to get away to think. To be away from it all."Based on the first paragraph and excerpts only, would you continue reading?
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.