In Love Like Salt, motherhood, medicine and music are explored with a spellbinding intensity. It is a beautifully written and entirely honest memoir...There is a lovely lean towards magical thinking in the form of boundless hope, the healing hands of a friend, the wish for a miracle ... Stevenson acknowledges the pain and overwhelming melancholy of being the mother of a sick child but she also manages to wholeheartedly celebrate the life of her family, who are still determined to live as luminous a life as possible, to make a kind of poetry out of the everyday.
A touching memoir about motherhood and illness
Love Like Salt is a portrait of mothers and children, of a daughter's illness and how it rearranges relationships in unexpected ways. The author weaves in reflections on music and mortality, France and England, religion and secularism, and on the protective love that a mother feels for a sick child . . . Stevenson has written an honest, poetic, affecting book that will speak to any reader
Love Like Salt is a human triumph ... it's all told in the most mesmerising of words, no adjective is extraneous and Love Like Salt flows with poetic precision ... Ultimately, Love Like Salt follows in the hallowed footsteps of Helen MacDonald's brilliant H is for Hawk or Cathy Rentzenbrink's The Last Act of Love. These are not misery memoirs but reminders that life comes in all shades - that in the darkest moments, beauty and humour can be found
A moving treatise on inheritance, not just of a disease like cf, but of our attitudes to living and loving, our sense of cultural and familial landscape, and how these intangibles pass down through generations. Stevenson picks apart her life like a strand of DNA to uncover just how we become the sum of our parts'
An extraordinarily beautiful and mysterious book about parenthood and the random blows that life deals us, as well as the quest to belong, the life of the mind and, ultimately, love. And what glorious prose: Helen Stevenson has a conjuror's knack of seeming to throw everything in, and creating not a jumble, but something that makes absolute, awe-inspiring sense
It's a slice of a life . . . a complex, intelligent, beautiful, thoughtful, rather lyrical book
This memoir is a richly intelligent journey though motherhood, music and art that explores how to live well when life deals out cards you don't want
This is a beautiful love letter to her family from an intelligent woman who has had to dig deep just to survive
This memoir is full of seeming tricks from fairy stories that turn out to have the weight of science behind them
A touching memoir about motherhood and illness that teaches powerful lessons about resilience and finding joy where you can
Motherhood, medicine and music are explored with a spellbinding intensity. This memoir is beautifully written and entirely emotionally honest . . . a celebration of a family who are determined to live as luminous a life as possible, to make a kind of poetry out of the everyday
This is a beautiful memoir . . . [Stevenson] is a novelist and a translator and her memoir is about translation in the larger sense. Translating the world is what we all do but she reminds us that one can hope - with a mind as intricately well read and original as hers - to translate misfortune; to absorb and see beyond it . . . Stevenson makes of poetry, fiction and philosophy a protective shawl for her story . . . Although intense she has a carefree wit
Affecting and beautifully written maternal memoir which muses on music and illness, genes and inheritance, writing and storytelling . . . an ultimately uplifting book about resilience and living the best life you can, even in the shadow of illness; and creating joy from the hand you've been dealt