Salvage (Hardcover)

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The unnamed narrator of Salvage moves to a large old house in rural Virginia as she recovers from a traumatic event she witnessed while living in Manhattan. In vignettes that alternate between her childhood, spent with an emotionally absent mother and an imaginary sister, and contemporary scenes where she attempts to forge connections with her mother, a neighbor and the house around her, the story unfolds quietly like a clean sheet settling on a bed. Kotapish uses lush imagery and lyrical language to paint a picture that is both vivid and dreamlike. This is a noteworthy debut novel.

— Sydne, Atlanta


This original, electrifying debut explores the collision point of memory, family secrets, and forgiveness. "Salvage" captures the subtle and disastrous ways in which mothers and daughters lose and find one another, time and again.

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"Salvage is a crazy, lush, tender story of two broken people…This is the kind of book you finish, tell everyone you know about it, and then realize you are ruined for anything else for awhile. Sweet misery.”
— Shelf Awareness

“…breathtakingly original…Spikily funny and darkly imaginative, Salvage is an unsettling look into a troubled psyche.”
DAME Magazine

“…evocative and fluid…an extended exploration of the ongoing repercussions of the mother-daughter relationship in women's lives, even far beyond childhood…a revelation.”

“Kotapish artfully juxtaposes with complexity and honesty the ironies of self-reliance and loneliness, of freedom and happiness, and of being independent and female.”
— The Brooklyn Rail

“…witty…[Kotapish’s] ferocious sense of humor—often unexpected and laugh-out-loud funny—and her consistently clever turns of phrase mark her as a writer to watch.”
— Booklist

“Out of Jane Kotapish’s deeply poetic prose emerges a range of complex emotions and relationships that linger in the reader’s thoughts...The power of the novel lies in Kotapish’s unique exploration of how we come to terms with difficult childhood events and the profound impact they have on our lives.”
— The Feminist Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9781596922839
Publisher: MacAdam/Cage Publishing
Publication Date: March 2008
Pages: 300