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About the Book:
In the coastal town of Alden, Maine, Hope and Jack Kelly have settled down to a life of wedded bliss. They have a beautiful family, a growing lobster business, and the Salt House—the dilapidated oceanfront cottage they’re renovating into their dream home. But tragedy strikes when their young daughter doesn’t wake up from her afternoon nap, taking her last breath without making a sound.
A year later, each member of the Kelly family navigates the world on their own private island of grief. Hope spends hours staring at her daughter’s ashes, unable to let go. Jack works to the point of exhaustion in an attempt to avoid his crumbling marriage. Their daughters, Jess and Kat, struggle to come to terms with the loss of their younger sister while watching their parents fall apart.
When Jack’s old rival, Ryland Finn, threatens his fishing territory, he ignites emotions that propel the Kelly family toward circumstances that will either tear them apart—or be the path to their family’s future.
Told in alternating voices, The Salt House is a layered, emotional portrait of marriage, family, friendship, and the complex intersections of love, grief, and hope.
About the Author:
Lisa Duffy is the author of The Salt House (Touchstone Books/Simon & Schuster). She earned her bachelor's degree in Women's Studies and her MFA in creative writing from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her short fiction was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and can be found in numerous literary journals, including Let the Bucket Down, A Magazine of Boston Area Writing. Lisa is the founding editor of ROAR, a journal supporting women in the arts. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and three children and teaches at 24PearlStreet, the online component of The Fine Arts Center in Provincetown. Visit her at lisaduffywriter.com to learn more.