“Shifting perspective with each chapter, Duffy’s debut novel replicates the isolation of sorrow by letting each character struggle alone to make sense of a world without Maddie. From the heavy hollowness in Jack’s chest to the angry loneliness infecting Hope’s heart, [Lisa Duffy] deftly sketches the edges of grief .
A poignant story of the power of faith, hope and love to transcend loss.”
In the coastal town of Alden, Maine, Hope and Jack Kelly have settled down to a life of wedded bliss. They have a beautiful family, a growing lobster business, and the Salt House—the dilapidated oceanfront cottage they’re renovating into their dream home. But tragedy strikes when their young daughter doesn’t wake up from her afternoon nap, taking her last breath without making a sound.
A year later, each member of the Kelly family navigates the world on their own private island of grief. Hope spends hours staring at her daughter’s ashes, unable to let go. Jack works to the point of exhaustion in an attempt to avoid his crumbling marriage. Their daughters, Jess and Kat, struggle to come to terms with the loss of their younger sister while watching their parents fall apart.
Emotions ignite when Jack’s old rival, Ryland Finn, arrives with his family, including his son Alex. As Finn threatens Jack’s fishing territory and Alex connects with Jess, the Kelly family is propelled toward circumstances that will either tear them apart—or be the path to their family’s future. A beautiful, deeply moving portrait of marriage, family, friendship, and the intersections of love, grief, and hope. The Salt House is an unforgettable novel that proves the resilience of the human spirit.