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The Salt Line

The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones
Sep 05, 2017 | 400 Pages
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*Southern Living Magazine‘s “One of the Best Southern Books of the Year”*  

*SIBA 2017 Okra Pick*

“An exciting novel, with unexpected twists and turns and excellent character development.”Los Angeles Times

“A deeply imagined, dystopian novel with beautiful prose and a superb understanding of human psychology.”—The Huffington Post

“Combining elements of sci-fi, thrillers and speculative fiction, The Salt Line is a page-turner. Ms. Goddard Jones…builds a believable world and generates tension effectively. The plot is action-driven, but an ensemble cast of characters keeps the story rooted in human emotions and motivations.”Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Great, near-future sci-fi…A propulsive, character-driven thriller…I really love this book.”—Kelly Link, the author of Get In Trouble and Magic for Beginners

Jones’ darkly clever worldbuilding creates a nightmare that seems far from unthinkable….It’s The Hunger Games meets The Godfather meets Robin Cook, with female characters playing all the key roles. Hell, yeah.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Social commentary and intense thrills rolled into one seamless story. Outwardly an adventure story, this suspenseful novel uses a thrilling premise to examine the fallout of abandoning universal freedoms in order to ensure collective safety.”—Publishers Weekly 

“Th[e] mystery-like structure keeps the reader guessing as Jones switches seamlessly from evocative pastoral descriptions of North Carolina and Tennessee to action-packed scenes of violence….At once dark, disturbing, and highly enjoyable, this is a timely novel bursting with ideas.”—Booklist

“Terrifying and bold…a character-driven thriller with shocking plot twists, jaw-dropping revelations and splashes of horror, sci-fi and romance….Jones’ unique riff on dystopian fiction as a platform for examining present-day concerns like climate change, immigration, technology and fundamental human rights offers plenty of surprises, but the most disarming aspect of The Salt Line is the unexpected tenderness expressed by its fully fleshed out, complicated characters who are fighting not just for their lives but for their very humanity. More than just a high-octane, speculative survivalist tale, The Salt Line is also a powerful medi­tation on humanity’s fragility and resilience.”BookPage

“A taught tale of survival and social commentary.” —Locus Magazine 

“A lot like what Golding might have produced had he diverged into a world of arachnids. And, it must be noted, nearly as well examined and executed.” —Mountain Times (Western North Carolina)

“Engrossing…The Salt Line is a well-written, literary novel. Making deft use of shifting third-person viewpoints, Jones creates complex and interesting characters….These richly drawn characters and the world in which they struggle provide twists and turns that will draw in any reader brave enough to enter a grim and frightening world with killer ticks.”Greensboro News & Record

The Salt Line is a ‘literary thriller’ that manages to fulfill each side of that phrase with admirable vigor. It’s both gripping and emotionally resonant, both suspenseful and heartfelt. Holly Goddard Jones has a true storyteller’s instinct for suspense, along with a deep gift for empathy. She’ll make your heart race as you turn the pages, and then she’ll crack it open a little before she’s through.”—Scott Smith, author of The Ruins and A Simple Plan
“With this intense, arrestingly vivid fever dream, Holly Goddard Jones fully realizes a completely original and wholly terrifying dystopian nightmare. Jones’s wild, ventriloquist talent unfurls in this novel like never before. Each magnetic character in The Salt Line is boldly alive to the novel’s world, at once monstrous, uncanny, and yet entirely ours.”—Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Gold Fame Citrus and Battleborn


“Impressive…[Jones] also has a precise eye and empathy to burn, bringing many of her characters to well-rounded life.”—The New York Times

“[A]n astoundingly good novel…Jones writes with authority and a deep generosity…The result is simply mesmerizing.”—Gillian Flynn

“So rich in character…An immensely satisfying and skillful debut novel.”—Kate Atkinson

“A genre-defying novel filled with mystery…Beautifully articulate.”—USA Today


“The beauty of these stories (and they are exhilarating) stems from how deeply we’re pulled into this complex world, nudged to recognize the thin line between missed opportunity and despair, inarticulate love and loss.”—O Magazine

“Gritty, eloquent dispatches from the heartland…Jones’ hauntingly accomplished language lifts the mundane to the level of profound tragedy.”—Chicago Tribune

“Jones’ sparkling debut collection zeroes in on lonely searching souls making do in a quiet Kentucky town.”—People

“Holly Goddard Jones is blessed with wisdom beyond her years, a gimlet eye, and an enviable literary talent; her debut collection…is a fierce and exhilarating achievement.”—Claire Messud

“A grand debut of a writer who is assured, sensitive, and wonderfully skillful…A marvelous work of heartbreaking wisdom.”—Edward P. Jones

“Jones has a voice as expansive, complex, and beautiful as the country itself.”—Joshua Ferris

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