Spill Simmer Falter Wither - by Sara Baume (Paperback)
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About the BookA 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.
Book SynopsisA critically acclaimed debut novel praised as "unbearably poignant and beautifully told" (Eimear McBride), this captivating story follows 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 falsely perceives menace where there is only mishap--and the duo must take to the road.
Gorgeously written in poetic and mesmerizing prose, Spill Simmer Falter Wither is one of those rare stories that utterly and completely imagines its way into a life most of us would never see. It transforms us in our understanding not only of the world, but also of ourselves.
Winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature * Winner of the Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year Award * Short-listed for the Costa First Novel Award * Long-listed for the Desmond Elliott Prize * Long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award 2015, Readers' Choice * Long-listed for the Warwick Prize for Writing 2015 * Long-listed for 2015 Edinburgh First Novel Award
"A deeply attuned portrait of the human mind...An unsettling literary surprise of the best sort."--Atlantic
"This book is like a flame in daylight: beautiful and unexpected."--Anne Enright
"A man-and-his-dog story like no other."--San Francisco Chronicle
"[Spill Simmer Falter Wither] hums with its own distinctiveness."--Guardian (UK)
Winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature for 2015 Winner of theSunday Independent Newcomer of the Year Award (Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2015) Winner of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize? Finalist for the LA Times Book Prize--Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction Short-listed for the Costa First Novel Award Long-listed for the Desmond Elliott Prize Long-listed for The Guardian First Book Award 2015, A Readers' Choice Long-listed for the Warwick Prize for Writing 2015 Long-listed for 2015 Edinburgh First Novel Award ?Nominated for the International Dublin Literary Award 2017 One of NPR's "Best Books of 2016" One of the Wall Street Journal's "Best Books of 2016" Barnes & Noble Spring 2016 Discover Great New Writers March 2016 Indie Next Pick 2016 Winter/Spring Indies Introduce Pick "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 "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 "Unbearably poignant and beautifully told."--Eimear McBride, author of A Girl is a Half-formed Thing "For language that sounds like music, there's Sara Baume's Spill Simmer Falter Wither, about a lonely Irish outcast and his one-eyed rescue dog."--Anne Tyler, New York Times Book Review, "The Year in Reading" "A deeply attuned portrait of the human mind...An unsettling literary surprise of the best sort. This first novel's voice is singular in its humility and imaginative range...Baume's novel revels in aesthetic leaps and dives, embracing the poetry of sensory experience in all its baffling beauty from the title onward...Baume's prose makes sure we look and listen. Her book insists we take notice."--The Atlantic "[Baume] has a way with words...As you sink into the rhythms of Baume's prose, you can almost smell the salt air and feel the sting of a small town that can be unforgiving to those who are different."--NPR, "Best Books of 2016" "Lonely man adopts unloved dog and both their lives are changed: You've heard this story before, but you've never seen it described with such transfiguring beauty and intensity. Sara Baume does with language what the dog does for her wayward loner of a hero: She makes the world appear new."--Wall Street Journal, "The 20 Books That Defined Our Year - The Best Fiction and Nonfiction of 2016" "Extraordinary . . . Spill Simmer Falter Wither is a heartbreaking read, and heralds Baume as a major new talent." --Independent on Sunday "A deft and moving debut...To capture this constrained setting and quiet character requires specific skills, which Baume has in spades...It's not easy to tell such a sparse tale, to be so economic with story, but the book hums with its own distinctiveness, presenting in singing prose an unforgettable landsca --
About the AuthorSara Baume studied fine art before earning a Master's in Creative Writing. Her short fiction has appeared in the 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.