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Love like salt : a memoir

By: Stevenson, Helen

0349007799 / 9780349007793
Hardback
616.372092
03/03/2016
Stock expected by 30/05/2019
England
23 cm 289 pages
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'Did Clara taste salty when I kissed her? She did. She tasted of mermaids, of the sea.'Love Like Salt is a deeply affecting memoir, beautifully and intelligently written.

It is about mothers and daughters, music and illness, genes and inheritance, writing and story-telling.

It is about creating joy from the hand you've been dealt and following its lead - in this case to rural France, where the author and her family lived for seven years. And back again.'I had always written, and until the birth of Clara I wrote for a living.

Once I knew the Cystic Fibrosis gene had unfolded itself in our daughter's body, like a paper flower meeting water, I felt that to write, even if I had had time, or been able, would have been to squander a kind of power which was needed for tending and nurturing.

Every moment became a moment in which I protected my baby.

Some of it I did in secret, like a madwoman muttering spells.

I thought of her as a candle, cupping my hand around her.

BIC:

BG Biography: general, MJCG Congenital diseases & disorders, VFJB Coping with illness & specific conditions

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