A GROWING LITERARY GENRE: With the major successes of titles like Station Eleven and California, it is clear that readers are looking for more literary dystopian novels, with an emphasis on rich character development. Younger female authors in particular have done well with this genre in recent years. It is becoming a bonafide niche in the market, and does extremely well in the paperback format.
PERFECTLY ON TREND: The Salt Line is the perfect book for fans of The Handmaid’s Tale or The Power by Naomi Alderman who are looking for stories featuring strong heroines fighting an oppressive society. Newsworthy issues like feminism, technology, and the “surveillance state” are highlighted within the story.
APPEALS HIGH AND LOW: Holly Goddard Jones writes in a readable way that is still beautiful line by line—readers who may not read dystopian novels otherwise will be drawn to this novel. The combination of a fast plot and gorgeous prose has reviewers comparing her to Gillian Flynn, Dennis Lehane, and Russell Banks.
GLOWING REVIEWS AND BLURBS:The Salt Line received wonderful reviews, with the Los Angeles Times calling it “an exciting novel, with unexpected twists and turns” and The Huffington Post praising its “beautiful prose and a superb understanding of human psychology.” Kelly Link, Claire Vaye Watkins, and Scott Smith all gave glowing blurbs.
AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR: Jones is a creative writing professor at UNC Greensboro who has been published in many distinguished journals. She was awarded the prestigious 2013 Hillsdale Prize for Excellence in Fiction and the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, and has been longlisted for the Frank O’Connell International Short Story Award.
STRONG REGIONAL TIES: Jones has been lauded as the new literary Southern voice. Born and raised in Kentucky, her regional ties are strong, with a lot of bookseller support. The Salt Line was a 2017 SIBA Okra Pick, and Southern Living Magazine named it “one of the best Southern books of the year.”
“An exciting novel, with unexpected twists and turns and excellent character development.”—Los Angeles Times
“A deeply imagined, dystopian novel with beautiful prose and a superb understanding of human psychology.”—The Huffington Post
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