Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group


A Novel

Isabel Zuber




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Anna Stockton was a bright, imaginative child exulting in a rare freedom in the mountains of North Carolina who grew into a young woman possessed of romantic yearnings and a great love of books. Hungering to make a new kind of life for herself, she marries John Bayley, a man twice widowed, and begins a family amid a difficult and fiery union. Set in the fictional hamlet of Faith, North Carolina, Salt weaves together the lives of Anna's family and friends in a remarkably moving novel of exultation and despair, of grief and ghosts.

Virginia Commonweath University Cabell First Novelist Winner, VCU Cabell First Novelist Winner



FAITH, 1932
The moles, he noticed, had made a progress and left ridges between the graves, even tunneled right over them. His grandfather would have been out with castor beans and poisons, his father with his steel trap...


Praise for Salt

“[A] lovely novel...In much the same way that nineteenth century illustrator Margaret Armstrong or the brilliant contemporary painter Barbara Kassel creates whole worlds that begin with a single flower, Isabel Zuber invents a world where the king is not mankind but the earth itself.” —The Washington Post Book World

“Zuber is a poet, and that gift is evident in this first novel, a moving story that is distinguished by her remarkable rhythms and eye for detail.” —St. Petersburg Times

“Zuber weaves her tale with the grace and lyricism of the poet she is. Her intricate narrative flows as smoothly as the ivory silk wedding dress Anna packs away, never to wear again. Her words capture the aura of the Appalachian landscape, the moodiness of its weather, and the supernatural beauty of its days and nights. Her characters...are clearly defined, complex, and memorable.” —Winston-Salem Journal

“In the recent tradition of Robert Morgan's Gap Creek... Zuber tells Anna's story with remarkable fullness.” —Library Journal

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About the author

Isabel Zuber

Isabel Zuber is the author of two collections of poetry, Oriflamb and Winter's Exile. She lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Isabel Zuber

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