We Were the Salt of the Sea

French-Canadian author Roxanne Bouchard’s fifth novel is also her first to be translated into English thanks to Orenda Books. It’s set in Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula, where inhabitants live by, and make their living from, the sea. Two new arrivals into the insular community are about to set their world off kilter. One is tourist Catherine Day, the other is DS Joaquin Morales, who takes up his new post just as a body is pulled from the sea. It soon becomes clear that Catherine is much more than a holidaymaker and that the usually quick-witted Morales is desperately out of his depth. A haunting, lyrical novel that will soon have you in its thrall. Read our full review here.

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