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MacAdam/Cage Pub., Mar 1, 2008 - Fiction - 307 pages
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Calling to mind The Lovely Bones, this original, electrifying debut explores the collision point of memory, family secrets, and forgiveness. After witnessing a horrific accident, our unnamed thirty-seven-year-old narrator flees her hectic Manhattan life and buys a rambling, Victorian house in rural Virginia to recover in solitude. Yet in the uncomfortable quiet of her own company, she finds herself facing questions and obsessions from he Meanwhile, she watches her mother, Lois ? an eccentric, flamboyant woman who begins dating a series of men all named after saints ? grow increasingly unhinged, perhaps poised on the cusp of madness. And as a charming new neighbor slowly moves into her carefully guarded privacy, the narrator discovers the impossibility of hiding from r isolated childhood in 1970s suburbia and talking to the ghost of her dead sister Nancy. life's tangled, and often disturbing, realities. Darkly funny, deeply imaginative, and fueled by unexpected, poetic prose, Salvage captures the challenge of finding a home that can withstand all that haunts us and the subtle and disastrous ways in which mothers and daughters lose and find one another, time and again.

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User Review  - Joodith - Goodreads

This has to be the best book I have read this year. Full of quirky characters and the most gorgeous, deliciously descriptive writing, I was totally immersed in it from page one. Having been involved ... Read full review

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There was no high point in this book. I am still having a hard time figuring out the purpose. Read full review


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Jane F. Kotapish, a native of Virginia, studied at the College of William and Mary and at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. She is a modern dancer and freelance writer based in Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband and daughter. Salvage is her first novel.

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