The Orphan of Salt Winds (Paperback)

By Elizabeth Brooks

Tin House Books, 9781947793224

Publication Date: January 15, 2019

Other Editions of This Title:
Library Binding, Large Print (3/27/2019)
Compact Disc (1/15/2019)
MP3 CD (1/15/2019)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (1/15/2019)

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January 2019 Indie Next List

“As 2015 winds down, so does the life of Virginia, who at the age of 86 has decided to let a sign from her mysterious past give her reason to walk out into the treacherous marsh of the Salt Winds that claimed her foster father when she was a child. As Virginia ponders her fate, a young woman appears on her doorstep and complicates her plan, bringing a tidal wave of memories that cause her to see her last day in an altogether darker light. Told in alternating timelines that follow Virginia as a child in the early stages of WWII and as she plots out her last day alive in 2015, Elizabeth Brooks’ novel of memories past and present plays out as a locked-room mystery Agatha Christie would be envious of.”
— Javier Ramirez, The Book Table, Oak Park, IL
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Summer 2019 Reading Group Indie Next List

“Reading The Orphan of Salt Winds, I was immediately pulled in. Elizabeth Brooks’ beautifully written novel weaves historical fiction and literary mystery into a deeply felt family drama with complex characters; the limits of empathy, family, and personal responsibility are highlighted against the backdrop of World War II-era England. Virginia is an unforgettable narrator, and the shifting between her childhood voice and her perspective in old age makes the unfolding of this novel incredibly engaging.”
— Kelsey O'Rourke, Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI
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About the Author

Brooks grew up in Chester, England. She graduated from Cambridge
University with a first-class degree in Classics, and lives on the Isle of Man
with her husband and two children.

Praise For The Orphan of Salt Winds

 is a beautifully written, atmospheric novel—reminiscent of e with its wild, bleak setting and houseful of mysteries. . . . Bewitching and haunting.

— Eowyn Ivey, author of THE SNOW CHILD

is an atmospheric, beautifully paced novel about sacrifice, the urge to belong, and revenge. It’s full of well-drawn characters I loved to hate, and those that I didn’t want to let go, even after I closed the last page.

— Claire Fuller, author of SWIMMING LESSONS

Filled with unexpected twists, beautifully rendered characters, and told with great style, will seep into your soul.

— Keith Donohue, author of THE STOLEN CHILD

Like Daphne du Maurier, this novel powerfully conjures up a
a time and a story that are unforgettable.
— Rosamund Lupton, author of SISTER

Hauntingly gothic . . . This quietly unsettling tale holds its secrets close, making for a powerful story of loss and longing.
— Publishers Weekly

 is the perfect winter read — evocative, gothic, and utterly transportive.

— BuzzFeed

Elizabeth Brooks’s writing has a quietly magical quality that conjures the atmosphere of Salt Winds effortlessly. This novel is a tenuous and thrilling unfolding of how events in Virginia’s past shape her actions in the present. An excellent blend of psychological mystery with a coming-of-age story, packaged in a unique historical setting— genuinely gave me goosebumps.

— Johanna Albrecht, McIntyre’s Bookshop

I love this story! It captivated me from the
first page and I was mesmerized
until the last! Elizabeth Brooks has developed such wonderful characters and I
developed strong feelings about all of them. . . . And then add to that some mystery with an unexpected twist at the
end! What more could you ask for? A must read!
— Stephanie Crowe, Page & Palette

simultaneously functions as a gothic, historical, psychological mystery and bildungsroman.

— Arkansas International