Book When A Zombie Tastes Salt


In the countryside town of Guinaudée located in the Grand’Anse department of Haiti, some girls play hide-and-seek, jump rope, practice walking in high heels, and learn how to apply lipstick as they dreamed of becoming women. Other girls raise their young siblings, care for older relatives, and take on adult commitments.

In 1935, one 8-year-old girl had bigger dreams. She wanted to read and write and, one day, become an affluent Madan Sara—a female vendor—in the flea market. Her name was Erèz.

Erèz’s dreams would have to wait. Unable to care for her, her parents gave her away as a restavèk — a child servant — to a distant cousin in the City of Jérémie, in the hope that she would have a better future.

In the decades that followed, Eréz’s life wove through stains and rumbles left by political tensions from the United States’ occupation of Haiti, contradictions of aristocrat mulatos’ high-class life in the City of Jérémie, and scandals of unwed motherhood and forbidden love affairs. Through all her hardships, Erèz clung to her dreams and revisited them often as she longed for the day when her big break would allow her to write her own story.


Dimensions 6 × 7.7 in
Print version

Book When A Zombie Tastes Salt in print. Dimensions 6" (w) x 7.7"(h). Release date expected as of November 20, 2021.

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