Jane F. Kotapish
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ISBN 9780571232321 Format Paperback
Published 05/06/2008 Length 304 pages

About Book

The narrator of Salvage - a woman in her early thirties - has left her hectic Manhattan lifestyle for rural Virginia. Escaping a trauma suffered on the New York subway, she is also fighting demons from her childhood. Her mother, Lois, miscarried when she was a child, and the imagined product of this pregnancy - a closet-dwelling pyromaniac with a synesthetic concept of the world named Nancy - haunted her for many years. Her mother is the other problematic relationship in her life. Bizarrely unhinged and increasingly eccentric, it seems that she's developing close friendships with various Saints from the Dark Ages. The narrator fears for her sanity, but when the Saints actually start to turn up for dinner and drinks, the reality of her world seems to be under threat.