Shelf Control #217: The Blue Salt Road by Joanne M. Harris

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cropped-flourish-31609_1280-e1421474289435.pngTitle: The Blue Salt Road
Author: Joanne M. Harris
Published: 2019
Length: 215 pages

What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):

An earthly nourris sits and sings
And aye she sings, “Ba lilly wean,
Little ken I my bairn’s father,
Far less the land that he staps in.
(Child Ballad, no. 113)

So begins a stunning tale of love, loss and revenge, against a powerful backdrop of adventure on the high seas, and drama on the land. The Blue Salt Road balances passion and loss, love and violence and draws on nature and folklore to weave a stunning modern mythology around a nameless, wild young man.

Passion drew him to a new world, and trickery has kept him there – without his memories, separated from his own people. But as he finds his way in this dangerous new way of life, so he learns that his notions of home, and your people, might not be as fixed as he believed.

Beautifully illustrated by Bonnie Helen Hawkins, this is a stunning and original modern fairytale.

How and when I got it:

I bought a copy last year.

Why I want to read it:

This is a slim little hardcover book, and on my copy, the cover design is in silver, not white. So eye-catching! I just happened to be at my favorite bookstore one weekend and saw this book in the window, and felt completely drawn to it. I love folk tales and fairy tales, and a story about a selkie sounds just about perfect.

What do you think? Would you read this book? 

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22 thoughts on “Shelf Control #217: The Blue Salt Road by Joanne M. Harris

    • What else of hers have you read? I actually didn’t realize that Joanne M. Harris and Joanne Harris were the same author until after I bought the book. I’ve read Chocolat and Five Quarters of the Orange, but that was a long time ago.

  1. I remember when this came out, I was intrigued because I’ve loved the books of hers I’ve read in the past. Sounds like having a physical copy is the way to go!

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    • I’ve read Five Quarters, and think I have Blackberry Wine on my shelf! I actually didn’t realize they were the same author until today!

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  4. Oh yah, I’d read this! Great cover, and selkies… I’m in. An old and favourite book of mine is A Stranger Came Ashore, by Mollie Hunter. Also about a selkie, it’s Children’s/YA, and I recommend it. Gentlemen and Players is by far the best Joanne Harris book I’ve read. So ditto Davida’s recommendation!

    • Okay, that’s two for Gentlemen & Players — guess I’ll need to read it! A Stranger Came Ashore sounds like something I’d enjoy too. Thanks!

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