From Thoreau to Annie Dillard, the fantastic dunescape of the Provincelands has inspired some of America’s best writers, but in The Salt House it has found a new and worthy celebrant. I love Cynthia Huntington’s writing for its intelligent lyricism and quicksilver sensibility, for its sympathy with the world’s hungers and uncertainties, for its unexpected humor and deep seriousness, and above all for a rare generosity of spirit. The Salt House, her first prose narrative, has all these in full measure.