The Skin of Water by Cristina Salat is mostly set in San Francisco. Sixteen-year-old Lisel has run away from her home in New Mexico. She spends a few days squatting with a new homeless friend.
Her uncle has moved into her home in a Pueblo community in New Mexico. The house was left to her by her father, who passed away.
He is an abusive creep, which is why Lisel has left. Her aunt and grandmother do not come to her aid as they should.
After a few days, Lisel moves into a homeless shelter for at-risk youth. As part of the program, she has to take a self-defense class. The class really helps to empower Lisel and the other women in the class. Many of the class members believed that they had to accept being assaulted. The class helps the women to become empowered. It’s a beautiful thing to read about those who are weak and becoming strong.
The shelter only allows people to stay for a few months before they have to leave. Lisel isn’t sure if she is going to stay in San Francisco with her new friends.
She has to decide if she’s going to confront her uncle and take the house back or build a life somewhere else. Will Lisel realize that she is powerful?
If you enjoy stories of women trying to overcome adversity, then you will like “The Skin of Water.”
Creepy uncles will not like this book. The book is too good for them anyway.
- I received the book from the author in exchange for doing a review. We were brought together by the Indie Helper Database. All opinions are my own. Obviously.