The Taste of Salt by Martha Southgate
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Josie Henderson is a black marine biologist in a profession dominated by white men. She's a free spirit held back by the bonds of a dysfunctional family, and a loving (white) husband who wants children. She married him because he understood her passion for marine life. Yet she is afraid to trust him with her family conflicts because she thinks he doesn't "get" being black.
Then along comes a black male marine biologist whom Josie thinks understands it all, the black thing, the sea and diving thing. In trying to get everything she wants, Josie loses what she once thought was important. In the end she must return to family to restore meaning to her life.
Martha Southgate carries us through the lives of Josie, her brother, and parents, a loving family torn apart by alcoholism. I found that I cared about all of the main characters even as I could see the worst was coming. It's the kind of story that stays with you for a long time.
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