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A Sweet Sting of Salt
A Sweet Sting of Salt: A Novel | Rose Sutherland
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Once a young woman uncovers a dark secret about her neighbor and his mysterious new wife, shell have to fight to keep herselfand the woman she lovessafe in this stunning queer reimagining of the classic folktale The Selkie Wife. When a sharp cry wakes Jean in the middle of the night during a terrible tempest, shes convinced it must have been a dream. But when the cry comes again, Jean ventures outside and is shocked by what she discoversa young woman in labor, already drenched to the bone in the freezing cold and barely able to speak a word of English. Although Jean is the only midwife in the village and for miles around, shes at a loss as to who this woman is or where shes from; Jean can only assume she must be the new wife of the neighbor up the road, Tobias. And when Tobias does indeed arrive at her cabin in search of his wife, Muirin, Jeans questions continue to grow. Why has he kept his wifes pregnancy a secret? And why does Muirins open demeanor change completely the moment shes in his presence? Though Jean learned long ago that she should stay out of other peoples business, her growing concernand growing feelingsfor Muirin mean she cant simply set her worries aside. But when the answers she finds are more harrowing than she ever could have imagined, she fears she may have endangered herself, Muirin, and the baby. Will she be able to put things right and save the woman she loves before its too late, or will someone have to pay for Jeans actions with their life?
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Kitta
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Unexpectedly loved this! I borrowed it from my library through Libby because I liked the cover and title without really knowing what it was about. Glad I did!

Set in 1813, this novel is about a midwife who lives in solitude outside of the village and one of her patients, a neighbour, who seems to be going through a rough time at home with her husband.

Folktales, #lgbt, and feminist themes.

On the train back from Providence!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 😍 7d
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vlwelser
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I liked this a lot. It's a queer selkie wife retelling.

#Aardvark @AardvarkBookClub

#DoubeSpin @TheAromaofBooks

AardvarkBookClub ☺️🫶🦭 1w
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 1w
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BookwormAHN
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I really enjoyed this book. It's a retelling of the Selkie Wife folktale. In this one, Jean, the local midwife, finds her neighbor's wife outside one night in labor. She helps her to her house and then delivers the baby, but when her neighbor shows up for his wife and child, more questions do too.

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vlwelser
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Good thing the library has a never ending supply of these fancy paper things with the words inside.

Actually this one is mine. And it's signed by the author. Extra fancy. #Aardvark

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xicanti
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A SWEET STING OF SALT finally engaged me a little past the 100-page mark! Hurray!

It‘s really gloomy out today and I think I‘ve caught a mild cold, so I plan to spend a goodly chunk of the afternoon reading my book while I drink hot beverages.

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xicanti
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I want to cook my supper and read my book. He wants me to give him seventy-three treats. Sigh.

I say I want to read my book, but honestly… well. I don‘t dislike A SWEET STING OF SALT as of page 90. I can‘t point to any element and say, “I hate this,” but I can‘t point out anything I love (or really like), either. One of those. I‘ll give it a little bit longer, then consider whether I want to drift away from it. #gaymay

dabbe #cuddlycasey 🖤🐾🖤 1mo
Aimeesue I mean, his demand does not seem all that exorbitant, according to my dogs. (edited) 1mo
xicanti @Aimeesue Casey is always entirely reasonable by doggie standards. 1mo
Aimeesue @xicanti 😂😂😂 1mo
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xicanti
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This week‘s library haul consists of the final volume of FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST and some exciting stuff for Gay May. I‘m amazed the librarians processed A SWEET STING OF SALT so quickly. They normally drag their feet on anything genre, but I guess they‘ve decided this one‘s literary enough to merit better treatment.

Then again, THE BAKER AND THE BARD has been out less than two months, too. Maybe they‘ve checked their genre processing bias. #gaymay

peanutnine Ooh the Baker and the Bard looks so cute! 2mo
xicanti @peanutnine I‘m really looking forward to it! I think I requested it after I saw it in a Book Riot Comics newsletter. 2mo
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Kitta
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Yay voting day for #CampLitsy24

My choices:

- A Sweet Sting of Salt by Rose Sutherland
- How to Knit a Human by Anna Jacobson
- Clear by Carys Davies
- I Cheerfully Refuse by Leif Enger
- Knife by Salman Rushdie
- Extinction by Daniel Preston

It was so hard to choose!

Getting excited for camp now and to see what the final books are! Thanks so much to the organizers @Megabooks @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB

BarbaraJean So quick! I will need time to obsess over researching all the titles! 😆 Still, I‘m sure I Cheerfully Refuse will be one of my picks—and probably Clear as well! 2mo
BarbaraBB Great choices! I am still narrowing down all the books I want to read! 2mo
squirrelbrain Great choices! ❤️ Thanks for voting! Don‘t worry @BarbaraJean - plenty of time for obsessing and analysing! 🤪 2mo
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Megabooks Nice choices! I just popped over to the vote tally, and so many people have already weighed in. Exciting! 2mo
Megabooks @BarbaraJean I'm only 60 into looking into titles, and I've had the spreadsheet a day longer. 2mo
Kitta @BarbaraJean I already had 5 I knew I wanted to pick but that final one took a while! 2mo
monalyisha I voted for Clear, too. Fingers crossed! 🤞🏻 2mo
Kitta @Megabooks so exciting seeing everyone‘s picks! I can‘t wait to find out the top books. 2mo
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AardvarkBookClub
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If you relate to any of these you should probably grab a copy 😉🦭🌊💘

#aardvarkbookclub #jointoday #codelitsy

mariaku21 I'm waiting for my library copy but I can't wait to read this one! 2mo
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AardvarkBookClub
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Once a young woman uncovers a dark secret about her neighbor and his mysterious new wife, she‘ll have to fight to keep herself—and the woman she loves—safe in this stunning queer reimagining of the classic folktale “The Selkie Wife.”

#aardvarkbookclub #jointoday

currentlyreadinginCO I liked this one a lot 2mo
vlwelser So excited to dig into this one. 2mo
AardvarkBookClub @currentlyreadinginCO it was so atmospheric 💙 2mo
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vlwelser
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It was so freaking hard to pick 1 book this month. I ended up with the most unusual choice. Which is pretty on brand for me, actually.

#Aardvark @AardvarkBookClub

Megabooks I‘m excited for this one! 3mo
TheBookHippie 👀 3mo
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Megabooks
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Does anyone else vote with their dollars when ordering from book clubs? I‘ve already read and loved James. (I am SO deeply behind on reviews!!) I bought it a) to support Everett, whom I love as an author, and b) because I want #aardvark to be incentivized to choose more books like it. Salt sounded interesting, and my library didn‘t have it, so it went in as well! I love the selkie myth.

vlwelser 💯 on both of these things. 3mo
Megabooks @vlwelser 🙌🏻🙌🏻 3mo
BarbaraBB Glad you loved James. I saw on IG Cindy didn‘t so I am curious where I‘ll end up! 3mo
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TheBookHippie Yes. Allll the time. 🙂 3mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I thought it was one of his best! 3mo
Megabooks @TheBookHippie awesome! 🙌🏻 3mo
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rachelsbrittain
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Starting a new arc on my crack of dawn flight this morning

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rachelsbrittain
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monalyisha Oooo! Tag me in your review if you remember to! Sounds promising. 3mo
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snapsnarlgrowl

Selkies and spinsters and sapphics, oh my!

currentlyreadinginCO I liked this one! 6mo
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currentlyreadinginCO
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This beautiful book is a sapphic retelling of The Selkie Wife, an Irish/Scottish folk-tale in which a man compels a Selkie to marry him, causing her to long for the sea and her true home. Although I knew generally what the story was about, the plot kept me guessing. There are some dark elements here. I found the beginning a bit slow, but by 20% in, I was hooked. ( Thanks to NetGalley for the #ARC, full rvw on Goodreads.com/xtinalea )