Martha Southgate

reads from

The Taste of Salt

Date

Sep
23
Friday
September 23, 2011
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome award-winning novelist MARTHA SOUTHGATE for a reading from her newest book, The Taste of Salt.

Josie Henderson loves the water and is fulfilled by her position as the only senior-level black scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. In building this impressive life for herself, she has tried to shed the one thing she cannot: her family back in land-locked Cleveland. Her adored brother, Tick, was her childhood ally as they watched their drinking father push away all the love that his wife and children were trying to give him. Now Tick himself has been coming apart and demands to be heard. Weaving four voices into a beautiful tapestry, Southgate charts the lives of the Hendersons from the parents first charmed meeting to Josie’s realization that the ways of the human heart are more complex than anything seen under a microscope.

"In her haunting fourth novel, Southgate examines the complicated issues of race, family, love, and addiction. . . . Southgate's arresting, fluid prose and authentic dialogue come together in a resonating study of relationships, where selfish tendencies among the various characters are revealed, as are their feelings of regret." —Publishers Weekly

Martha Southgate
Martha Southgate

Martha Southgate

Martha Southgate is the author of Third Girl from the Left which won the Best Novel of the year award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. It was shortlisted for the PEN/Beyond Margins Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy award. Her previous books include The Fall of Rome and Another Way to Dance, which won the Coretta Scott King Genesis Award for Best First Novel. Her non-fiction articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, O, Premiere, and Essence. She currently teaches in the Brooklyn College MFA program. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and two children.

Photo Credit: Tom Rawe

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