A novel that explores the emotional inheritance passed down from parents who are full of contradictions.
Born in the early seventies, Sibila, the author of Salt and the protagonist of the story, is a “nobody child” like many of the children from the generation of “progressive” and atheist parents. An unhappy child, often mistreated, Sibilia grows up between a domineering and alcoholic father who at times can also be cultured and sensitive, and an absent mother.
In her forties and after the unexpected pain she experiences following her father’s death, the author unravels her complicated relationship with him, from childhood to adulthood, in a novel that is an exercise on lost childhoods, the absurdity and vitality of family ties, and the need to love and be loved.
Salt is an examination of grief, loss and the bewilderment of a daughter who does only one thing for her father: accompanying him in his death and forgiving him when it is too late.
Written with an elegant openness and radical honesty, this novel is a captivating portrait of lost happiness, the inevitability of family ties and the power of forgiveness and love, a novel overflowing with extraordinary compassion.