The Salt Road

The Salt Road

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By (author) Jane Johnson

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  • Publisher: Doubleday Canada
  • Format: Hardback | 390 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 38mm | 612g
  • Publication date: 4 January 2011
  • ISBN 10: 0385669976
  • ISBN 13: 9780385669979
  • Edition statement: Reprint

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From the author of The Tenth Gift comes another story of exotic, foreign lands, entwining storylines spanning generations, and the quests to overcome love lost. "My dear Isabelle, in the attic you will find a box with your name on it." Isabelle's estranged archeologist father dies, leaving her a puzzle. In a box she finds some papers and a mysterious African amulet — but their connection to her remains unclear until she embarks on a trip to Morocco to discover how the amulet came into her father's possession. When the amulet is damaged and Isabelle almost killed in an accident, she fears her curiosity has got the better of her. But Taib, her rescuer, knows the dunes and their peoples, and offers to help uncover the amulet's extraordinary history, involving Tin Hinan — She of the Tents — who made a legendary crossing of the desert, and her beautiful descendant Mariata. Across years and over hot, shifting sands, tracking the Salt Road, the stories of Isabelle and Taib, Mariata and her lover, become entangled with that of the lost amulet. It is a tale of souls wounded by history and of love blossoming on barren ground.

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JANE JOHNSON is a writer for adults and children.

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"Jane Johnson has written a beautifully crafted story that paints a vivid picture and captures the imagination. . . . [The] reader can see the colours of sunsets, feel the grittiness of the sand, taste the spices in the bazaar and smell the camel hair blankets in the goatskin tents. . . . The Salt Road is a book you won’t want to end, yet at the same time, you’ll be yearning for a satisfying conclusion. [This] novel will not let you down.” — Liz Read, The Women’s Post   “The Salt Road, like all powerful stories, is about change. . . . For readers looking to experience a shifting, disappearing world, and to be introduced to an exotic culture with evocative descriptions, The Salt Road is an exhilarating ride. Part historic and part contemporary, with universal themes of betrayal, love, and the anguish caused by human greed, it has an ending rich and fulfilling enough for those who like all their questions answered.” —Linda Holeman, The Globe and Mail “Jane Johnson (The Tenth Gift) re-works her irresistible cross-cultural magic . . . in The Salt Road”  —More magazine