Release Date: June 13,2017
Hope and Jack Kelly’s marriage has hit a speed bump. Hope has been depressed since the tragic death of their youngest daughter. She cannot move forward from her grief and is unable to continue her work as a writer. The family is struggling to pay their bills due to renovations on their second home named , “The Salt House”. They can’t seem to finish the construction which forces them to continue making payments for two homes.
Jack works as a lobsterman in Maine and is part owner of the business. Work has helped him avoid his grief and to ignore his marital problems. His two teenage daughters are in the background watching their parent’s marriage implode. Jack’s feels threatened when his high school rival, Finn, moves back to town and makes claims to their family’s lobster business. The added stress begins to build and Jack lashes out at family and friends. His unresolved grief and hidden secrets are in need of an outlet.
The Salt House is an interesting perspective of how burying problems can lead to deep rooted consequences. This is portrayed very clearly as each family member of the Kelly household narrates a chapter from their perspectives. This is a debut novel by Lisa Duffy.