The Art of Salvage, set in the beautiful city of Saskatoon, is a finely written and acutely observed novel about how, from the wreckage of broken lives, pieces can be gathered and glued back together into something not just make-do but permanent and noble. Indeed, the art of salvage is the art of living, is the art of hope, and what holds it all together is that messiest of glues: love. Theis’s novel is suffused with that emotion, be it by its presence, its absence – or its impending appearance.
–Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi
An intimate and compelling novel about a mother and daughter, about loss and what can and can’t be salvaged from loss, and about the different forms resilience can take. The story, which includes tragic events and at least one lie that goes on far too long, is nonetheless tempered with a sense of optimism, and with many flashes of humour. People make their own way as best they can, and those in their lives must simply come to terms.
Leona Theis writes with the bravest honesty imaginable about what it takes to be a mother or a daughter, how we fail and pull through. The Art of Salvage is full of naked longing and quick, piercing insight; it’s smart and fast and vivid. All the painful contractions and blood-pounding emotions at the heart of a family.
– Lisa Moore, author of Alligator