Salvage: A Novel

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MacAdam/Cage Pub., 2007 - Fiction - 307 pages
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"I named my dead sister Nancy and talked to her in the privacy of my closet for eleven years…"

Thus beginsSalvage, an electrifying, utterly original debut that explores the collision point of memory, family allegiance, and forgiveness.

After witnessing a horrific, violent act, an unnamed thirty-something woman flees her hectic Manhattan life and buys a rambling house in rural Virginia to recover in peace. But in the quiet of her own company, wandering through her untamed garden by day and drinking before the fire by night, she finds herself facing unanswered questions from her isolated, suburban childhood. And when time spent with her eccentric mother—who is convinced that all her friends are Catholic saints in disguise—threatens to unhinge her altogether, she must decide which haunting memories from her past she should hang onto, and which she might be willing to throw away.

Darkly funny, deeply imaginative and fueled by unexpected, finely-distilled prose,Salvageilluminates the challenge of creating a home that can withstand all that haunts us, and the subtle and often 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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User Review  - Erin - Goodreads

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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About the author (2007)

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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