The Salt God’s Daughter spans three generations of women who are driven by an outside force and tend to be more dysfunctional than most. Ruthie’s mother is whimsical and most likely considered a bad model for her two girls. Ruthie makes many similar mistakes and discoveries including that she can get pregnant easily and that men may not always be kind towards her. Ruthie has her daughter, Naida, and tries not to make the same mistakes when it comes to her. Unfortunately, Ruthie is very young and some mistakes are unavoidable. Both Ruthie and Naida face a fatherless and uncertain future.
Ruthie’s character drives the plot. She was almost unreal yet easy to connect to. Her mother is a little different in an odd way; she doesn’t raise either of her children conventionally. Ruthie and Dolly, her sister, were on their own for most of their life. They were fast friends and quick to drift apart depending on which stages of their lives they were in.
The Salt God’s Daughter has many sexual themes. Dolly is boy crazy, she focuses on her boyfriend more than her sister at times. Ruthie doesn’t receive the normal “sexual education” lecture from her mother and has more than a few bad experiences with boys and men. Ruthie ends up pregnant; Dolly jokes that all she has to do is look at a boy to become pregnant. Unfortunately, Ruthie does not have many people to help her through this difficult time and her baby is removed from her. Later on, Ruthie receives a second chance with her daughter, Naida. The reader is likely to wonder how someone who grew up with a distant, almost mythical mother will raise a child, and Ruthie’s experience with Naida is both intriguing and a little worrying.
Overall, The Salt God’s Daughter is everything that it was promised to be. The characters are different; they can be different in a good way, but they can also take some getting used to. The story has overarching themes including growth and friendship, and the bonds between sisters. There is an air of magic and fantasy to the story, but it is touched with hard realism as well.
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