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Critical Praise

"A raw, passionate adventure...grounded in women's senses: a sound of whispered desire, sweat's salty taste, hands catching a newborn baby."

——Jewelle Gomez, author of The Gilda Stories

"A diverse ensemble of powerful and unforgettable women...The tale sings with verve and authenticity. A major achievement."

——Herb Boyd, editor, The Harlem Reader

"A fabulous, wonderful, inventive novel...a fine celebration of African heritage."

——Jewell Parker Rhodes, author of Magic City: A Novel

"This one surprised me. Because I've read Nalo Hopkinson's previous books, I picked up The Salt Roads expecting it to be, like the others, a lyrical, cadenced, nuanced, knowing, evocative, provocative, instructive, thrilling, deeply moving examination of the human dilemma. It is much better than that."

——Spider Robinson, author of The Crazy Years

"Hopkinson's storytelling voice is compelling and unique."

——Lalita Tademy, author of Cane River

"It is simply amazing. With her conjurer's art, with daring and delightful audacity, Hopkinson reaches into the well of history. She chants power onto these pages...We do not so much read The Salt Roads as we are inhabited by it."

——Sandra Jackson-Opoku, author of Hot Johnny (and the Women Who Loved Him)

"The Salt Roads is a story we all should know."

——Nikki Giovanni, author of Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea

"Heartbreaking and beautiful...Hopkinson's writing is like a favorite song...A lyrical meditation on the lives of slaves and gods alike, a magical journey through a world unique to Hopkinson's broad vision."

——Tananarive Due, author of The Living Blood

"Compellingly portrayed, with telling historical details and distinct voices. Recommended."

——Library Journal (starred review)

"Whirling with witchcraft and sensuality, the latest novel by Hopkinson is a globe-spanning, time-traveling spiritual odyssey...The novel has a genuine vitality and generosity. Epic and frenetic, it traces the physical and spiritual ties that bind its characters to each other and to the earth."

——Publishers Weekly

"[Hopkinson has] become one of the more visible champions of new and alternative voices in the [SF] field, as well as a writer with a uniquely distinctive voice of her own...[a] large-scale, densely textured work...she is able to transform those sexy but disenfranchised voices of her earlier fiction into the stuff of epic, and it's an epic which draws on corners of history-particular the history of women of color-that have been largely invisible in the mainstream traditions of fantasy."


"Rollicking, sensual...Required reading...[from] one of science fiction's most inventive and brilliant writers."

——New York Post

"A brilliant and multi layered tale."

——Black Issues Book Review

"Fans of science fiction author Nalo Hopkinson's previous works-Midnight Robber, Skin Folk, and Brown Girl in the Ring-will enjoy her latest novel."


"A book of wonder, courage, and electrifying bravura performance by one of our most important writers."

——Junot Díaz, author of Drown

"Sexy, disturbing, touching, wildly comic. A tour de force from one of our most striking new voices in fiction."

——Kirkus Reviews (starred review)