Love Like Salt: A Memoir by Helen StevensonLove Like Salt: A Memoir by Helen Stevenson

Love Like Salt: A Memoir

byHelen Stevenson

Paperback | November 7, 2017

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CHOSEN BY MAGGIE O'FARRELL IN THE GUARDIAN AS ONE OF HER BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR


'It's a slice of a life . . . a complex, intelligent, beautiful, thoughtful, rather lyrical book' -Cathy Rentzenbrink, author ofThe Last Act of Love

'A moving treatise on inheritance, not just of a disease like cystic fibrosis, but of our attitudes to living and loving, our sense of cultural and familial landscape, and how these intangibles pass down through generations. Stevenson picks apart her life like a strand of DNA to uncover just how we become the sum of our parts'Daily Telegraph

'A beautiful memoir . . . [Stevenson] is a novelist and a translator and her memoir is about translation in the larger sense. Translating the world is what we all do but she reminds us that one can hope - with a mind as intricately well read and original as hers - to translate misfortune; to absorb and see beyond it . . . Stevenson makes of poetry, fiction and philosophy a protective shawl for her story . . . Although intense she has a carefree wit' Kate Kellaway,Observer

'Motherhood, medicine and music are explored with a spellbinding intensity. It is a beautifully written and entirely honest memoir... Stevenson acknowledges the pain and overwhelming melancholy of being the mother of a sick child but she also manages to wholeheartedly celebrate the life of her family, who are still determined to live as luminous a life as possible, to make a kind of poetry out of the everyday' Eithne FarrySunday Express

'Stevenson is a writer and musician, and her memoir is distinguished by its ravishing prose and sensitive understanding of the role that loss, misfortune and grief play in the story of our lives' Jane Shilling,Daily Mail

'Love Like Saltis a human triumph ... it's all told in the most mesmerising of words, no adjective is extraneous andLove Like Saltflows with poetic precision ... Ultimately,Love Like Saltfollows in the hallowed footsteps of Helen MacDonald's brilliantH is for Hawkor Cathy Rentzenbrink'sThe Last Act of Love.These are not misery memoirs but reminders that life comes in all shades - that in the darkest moments, beauty and humour can be found' Francesca Brown,Stylist



'Did Clara taste salty when I kissed her? She did. She tasted of mermaids, of the sea.'

Love Like Saltis a deeply affecting memoir, beautifully and intelligently written. It is about mothers and daughters, music and illness, genes and inheritance, writing and story-telling. It is about creating joy from the hand you've been dealt and following its lead - in this case to rural France, where the author and her family lived for seven years. And back again.

'I had always written, and until the birth of Clara I wrote for a living. Once I knew the Cystic Fibrosis gene had unfolded itself in our daughter's body, like a paper flower meeting water, I felt that to write, even if I had had time, or been able, would have been to squander a kind of power which was needed for tending and nurturing. Every moment became a moment in which I protected my baby. Some of it I did in secret, like a madwoman muttering spells. I thought of her as a candle, cupping my hand around her.

A beautifully written memoir, in the vein ofH is for HawkandThe Last Act of Love, about motherhood, music and living the best life you can, even in the shadow of illness.

Helen Stevenson lives in Somerset with her husband and two daughters. She is the author of three novels and a memoir,Instructions for Visitors. She translates French fiction and teaches piano. Stevenson studied modern languages at Somerville College, Oxford.
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Title:Love Like Salt: A MemoirFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.88 × 5.12 × 0.88 inPublished:November 7, 2017Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0349007780

ISBN - 13:9780349007786

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Stevenson is a writer and musician, and her memoir is distinguished by its ravishing prose and sensitive understanding of the role that loss, misfortune and grief play in the story of our lives.-Jane Shilling, Daily Mail