|Plot Summary of The Salt Garden|
Tyndale, May 2004, 10.99, 316 pp.
San Francisco News & Review reporter Claire O'Rourke is coming home to visit mom for a day when her car breaks down. Too dark to walk, Claire spend the night in her car. At dawn cold and dying for a Starbucks, Claire begins her walk towards Harper's Bay. Her trek enables her to meet her childhood idol septuagenarian author Sophia Fleming.
Sophia has spent three decades hidden from everyone except for her only friend Ben Wilson, who refuses to allow her to become a total recluse. However, Ben sadly informs Sophia that his son wants him to move away and live with him; Sophia feels depressed that her only connection to the world might leave. Ben also gives Sophia a salt watered journal that apparently came ashore from the nearby salvaging of the wreckage of the Josephine. The book contains the diary entries of Josephine Vanderook, a passenger in 1933 on the Josephine when it went down. Claire and Sophia forge a friendship over dreams, the journal, and their different paths to God.
This is an entertaining character study that rotates narration between the two modern day women and the journal entries of Josephine. The story line enables the reader to contrast the trio. Claire has had an unwavering constant belief in God; Sophia found the healing of God after a tragedy left her practically a hermit; Finally Josephine in her shortened life marveled at the miracles God had provided her. Though San Francisco is portrayed as modern day Sodom while Harper's Bay is Eden (with a serpent) fans of contemporary Christian literature will appreciate this deep look at the paths of faith.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Salt Garden|
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Time/era of story
- present (2000-2010)
- religious issues
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- very athletic
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
- No single main character?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
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