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Spill Simmer Falter Wither

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A debut novel already praised as "unbearably poignant and beautifully told" (Eimear McBride) this captivating story follows over the course of four seasons a misfit man who adopts a misfit dog. It is springtime, and two outcasts a man ignored, even shunned by his village, and the one-eyed dog he takes into his quiet, tightly shuttered life find each other, by accident or fate, and forge an unlikely connection. As their friendship grows, their small, seaside town suddenly takes note of them, falsely perceiving menace where there is only mishap; the unlikely duo must take to the road.Gorgeously written in poetic and mesmerizing prose, S"pill Simmer Falter Wither"has already garnered wild support in its native Ireland, where the "Irish Times "pointed to Baume s astonishing power with language and praised it as a novel bursting with brio, braggadocio and bite. It is also a moving depiction of how over thefour seasons echoed in the title a relationship between fellow damaged creatures can bring them both comfort. One of those rare stories that utterly, completely imagines its way into a life most of us would never see, it transforms us not only in our understanding of the world, but also of ourselves."
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Product details

  • Hardback | 349 pages
  • 140 x 221 x 28mm | 476g
  • United States
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type / large print edition
  • 1410492745
  • 9781410492746
  • 1,712,573

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Extraordinary ... A heartbreaking read, and heralds Baume as a major new talent. "Independent on Sunday" It is springtime, and two outcasts a man invisible to his village and the one-eyed dog he takes into his quiet, tightly shuttered life find each other, by accident or fate, and forge an unlikely connection. Over the four seasons echoed in the title, Ray opens up to One-Eye, telling him the stories of his life. Then their small seaside town suddenly takes note of them, falsely perceiving menace where there is only mishap. The unlikely duo must take to the road. Gorgeously written in poetic, mesmerizing prose, S"pill Simmer Falter Wither"has garnered wild support in its native Ireland, where the "Irish Times "pointed to Baume s astonishing power with language and praised it as a novel bursting with brio, braggadocio, and bite. A moving depiction of how a relationship between fellow injured creatures can bring comfort to each, this is also a celebration of the wonders of this earth that will leave you breathless with hope and expanded in spirit. One of those rare stories that utterly, completely imagines its way into a life most of us would never see, it transforms us not only in our understanding of the world, but also of ourselves. "
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Back cover copy

Winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature Winner of the "Sunday Independent" Newcomer of the Year AwardShort-listed for the Costa First Novel Award Long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award, Readers ChoiceLong-listed for the Warwick Prize for Writing Long-listed for the Edinburgh First Book Award Unbearably poignant and beautifully told. Eimear McBride, author of "A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing" A tour de force ... No writer since J.M. Coetzee or Cormac McCarthy has written about an animal with such intensity ... At its heart is a touching and inspiriting sense of empathy, that rarest but most human of traits. Boundaries melt, other hearts become knowable ... This book is a stunning and wonderful achievement by a writer touched by greatness. Joseph O Connor, the" Irish Times" In a relentlessly inventive language that, it seems, can maneuver anywhere and describe anything, Baume s story of a man and his dog examines and elegizes the myriad strange, ramshackle, and ephemeral worlds locked deep inside the world. An exceptional, startling, and original book. Colin Barrett, author of "Young Skins" Powerful, heartbreaking, told with great control. The writing is superb ... I had an image of all language standing to attention, eager to serve this writer. Mary Costello, author of "Academy Street" This book is like a flame in daylight: beautiful and unexpected. It packs a big effect for something that seems so slight, and almost hard to see. Anne Enright "
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Winner of the Davy Byrnes Award
Longlisted for "The Guardian" First Book Award 2015, A Readers' Choice
Longlisted for the Warwick Prize for Writing 2015
"A tour de force.... No writer since JM Coetzee or Cormac McCarthy has written about an animal with such intensity. This is a novel bursting with brio, braggadocio and bite. Again and again it wows you with its ambition At its heart is a touching and inspiriting sense of empathy, that rarest but most human of traits. Boundaries melt, other hearts become knowable This book is a stunning and wonderful achievement by a writer touched by greatness." Joseph O'Connor, for "The Irish Times"
Unbearably poignant and beautifully told. Eimear McBride, author of "A Girl is a Half-formed Thing"
Extraordinary . . . "Spill Simmer Falter Wither "is a heartbreaking read, and heralds Baume as a major new talent. "Independent on Sunday"
Ambitious and impressive . . . Baume s engaging, intriguing and brightly original first novel may mark a comparably significant debut. "Times Literary Supplement"
One of the most quietly devastating books of the year With "Spill Simmer Falter Wither "she has created a dark, tender portrait of what it s like to live life on the margins. "Sydney Morning Herald"
"An important and quite brilliant new Irish writing talent." "Irish Independent"
"An ambitious stylist with an astonishing eye for detail and a clear passion for language. But it is the beautifully measured control of plot and the authenticity of the narrative voice that most impresses."" Irish Examiner"
"In a relentlessly inventive language that, it seems, can maneuver anywhere and describe anything, Baume s story of a man and his dog examines and elegizes the myriad strange, ramshackle, and ephemeral worlds locked deep inside the world. An exceptional, startling, and original book." Colin Barrett, author of "Young Skins"
Powerful, heartbreaking, told with great control. The writing is superb . . . I had an image of all language standing to attention, eager to serve this writer. Mary Costello, author of "Academy Street"
"Touching and weird and sometimes comical and sometimes heartbreaking Sad, Solid, Fragile, Witty."" "Kjersti Skomsvold, author of" The Faster I Walk, the Smaller I Am"
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About Sara Baume

Sara Baume studied fine art before earning a Master s in Creative Writing. Her short fiction has appeared inthe" The Moth," "The Stinging Fly," the"Irish Independent"," " and others. She won the 2014 Davy Byrnes Short Story Award and the 2015 Hennessy New Irish Writing Award. She lives in Cork with her two dogs."
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Rating details

4,432 ratings
3.69 out of 5 stars
5 27% (1,186)
4 34% (1,525)
3 25% (1,097)
2 10% (451)
1 4% (173)
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