Book Review: Pillars of Salt


Pillars of Salt is the story of two women confined in a mental hospital in Jordan during and after the British Mandate. After initial tensions they become friends and share their life stories                  -GoodReads

I tried to find a better synopsis, so I went to Amazon… they got the plot wrong and mixed up two characters story? So here is this two sentence synopsis from good reads that does not do this book justice.

I had to read this book for my senior English capstone. I hardly ever review books I read for school (which is one reason why my reviews have been so spread out) but I really liked this book so I wanted to showcase it.

It’s not a happy uplifting book, so don’t read it if that’s what you’re looking for. It’s about oppression and hardship, but it’s written beautifully and has some really beautiful relationships in it. You know where they end up from the beginning of the book, but you will find yourself flipping pages as quickly as possible to try and figure out how they end up there. I got very invested in these two women’s narratives, and loved the poetic way the storyteller wove lies.

I give this book four out of five stars and would suggest you read it if you’re trying to switch up the type/orientation of the fiction you are reading.

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