The Lost Salt Gift of Blood

The Lost Salt Gift of Blood

Book - 1976
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The stories of The Lost Salt Gift of Blood are remarkably simple - a family is drawn together by shared and separate losses, a child's reality conflicts with his parents' memories, a young man struggles to come to terms with the loss of his father.

Yet each piece of writing in this critically acclaimed collection is infused with a powerful life of its own, a precision of language and a scrupulous fidelity to the reality of time and place, of sea and Maritime farm.

Focusing on the complexities and abiding mysteries at the heart of human relationships, the seven stories of The Lost Salt Gift of Blood map the close bonds and impassable chasms that lie between man and woman, parent and child.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland and Stewart Ltd., c1976.
ISBN: 9780771099694
077109969X
9780771055744
0771055749
Characteristics: 187 p. ;,23 cm.

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Aug 27, 2017

Every story in this collection is memorable. Each sentence is beautifully crafted. Every character resonates with the sea and standing stones, with thistle and northern winds, especially if you are Scots by birth or by heart.

The first story I think of often, because of box of random books next to the bed, that the father would read without discrimination, cover to cover, emptying the box and filling the overflowing ashtray.

I recommend this to all writers. This book is truly written with salt and blood.

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