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Since the death of her parents in 1791, Lily McEvoy has lived as a recluse in her isolated Armagh County manor with her two maidservants and Titus, the farmhand who has become her whipping boy. But tonight, the heiress is expecting company. Her guest is Master Anselm, the legendary stone cutter who has transformed the estates abandoned salt mine into an immense funerary monument to the memory of the McEvoy family, sculpting bas-reliefs in the chapels, crypts and tombs he has carved out of the rock salt of its cavernous walls.

Lily is sniffing powdered salt in the attic as she summons the shadow of her father, the cruel Irish Rear Admiral Magnus McEvoy, hero of the capture of Quebec and absolute master of his estate, and of her mother, the mysterious Laurence, she of the webbed feet who emerged from the river of a stormy night.

But the same salt that has preserved Lilys memories is desiccating her. Her obsession with the past now risks transforming her, like Lots wife, into a pillar of salt—crystallized by the familys abominable secrets. These secrets, and the instrument of her revenge, she will today finally reveal to Anselm over their precipitous evening meal.

Drawing from the history of the conquest of Quebec and Irish legend, this is an exotic new way to tell a very old story.

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This novel explores the snares of individual and collective memory as they are used to justify and preserve ancestral grudges.

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Since the death of her parents in 1791, Lily McEvoy has lived as a recluse in her isolated Armagh County manor with her two maidservants and Titus, the farmhand who has become her whipping boy. But tonight, the heiress is expecting company. Her guest is Master Anselm, the legendary stonecutter who has transformed the estates abandoned salt mine into an immense funerary monument to the memory of the McEvoy family, sculpting bas-reliefs in the chapels, crypts, and tombs he has carved out of the rock salt of its cavernous walls.

            Drawing from the history of the conquest of Quebec and Irish legend, this new exquisitely exotic novel explores the snares of individual and collective memory as they are used to justify and preserve ancestral grudges.

About the Author

Acclaimed author Martine Desjardins works as a freelance writer, translator, and journalist for <i>Lactualit&eacute;</i> magazine.

Award-winning author and translator David Homel also works as a journalist, editor, and screenwriter.

Fred A. Reed is an international journalist, acclaimed author, and award-winning translator.

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Melwyk, March 28, 2009 (view all comments by Melwyk)
Desjardins' gothic imagination is in full flight here, as in her first novel, featuring mummified bodies, clandestine births, jealous violence, musty old houses, and family secrets. The major symbol of the book is salt itself, its many properties elucidated by our main character, Lily, or by others such as the local Bishop, who introduces Lily to the delights of salt-sniffing. Salt's preservative and seasoning abilities are important, but so is its blighting effect on growth. Lily's focus on her past, her looking back, has biblical overtones; she is like Lot's wife who for looking back at Sodom and Gomorrah was turned into a pillar of salt. Desjardins has made a habit of writing brief novel about varied elements; crystal and ice, then gold, and now salt. I can only wait to discover what she will fasten upon for her next book.
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ISBN:
9780889225664
Author:
Desjardins, Martine
Publisher:
Talon Books
Translator:
Homel, David
Translator:
Reed, Fred A.
Translator:
Homel, David; Reed, Fred A
Translator:
Reed, Fred A.; Homel, David
Author:
Reed, Fred A.
Author:
Homel, David
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20070931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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Since the death of her parents in 1791, Lily McEvoy has lived as a recluse in her isolated Armagh County manor with her two maidservants and Titus, the farmhand who has become her whipping boy. But tonight, the heiress is expecting company. Her guest is Master Anselm, the legendary stonecutter who has transformed the estates abandoned salt mine into an immense funerary monument to the memory of the McEvoy family, sculpting bas-reliefs in the chapels, crypts, and tombs he has carved out of the rock salt of its cavernous walls.

            Drawing from the history of the conquest of Quebec and Irish legend, this new exquisitely exotic novel explores the snares of individual and collective memory as they are used to justify and preserve ancestral grudges.

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