A Line Made by Walking

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017 - Fiction - 308 pages
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The author of the award-winningSpill Simmer Falter Wither returns with a stunning new novel about a young artist's search for meaning and healing in rural Ireland.

Struggling to cope with urban life-and life in general-Frankie, a twenty-something artist, retreats to her family's rural house on "turbine hill," vacant since her grandmother's death three years earlier. It is in this space, surrounded by countryside and wild creatures, that she can finally grapple with the chain of events that led her here-her shaky mental health, her difficult time in art school-and maybe, just maybe, regain her footing in art and life.

As Frankie picks up photography once more, closely examining the natural world around her, she reconsiders seminal works of art and their relevance. With "prose that makes sure we look and listen,"* Sara Baume has written an elegant novel that is as much an exploration of wildness, the art world, mental illness, and community as it is a profoundly beautiful and powerful meditation on life.


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The interesting potential of formulas inserted in fiction I read this alongside three other young Irish authors in fall 2017: Eimear McBride, Mike McCormack, and the (English woman living in Ireland ... Read full review

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User Review  - booklove2 - LibraryThing

Books about solitude are some of my favorites and really linger. I have an entire crazy list of those books. You don't want to see it. You really don't. And many of those seem like children's books ... Read full review

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About the author (2017)

SARA BAUME studied fine art before earning a master's in creative writing. She was short-listed for the Costa First Novel Award for Spill Simmer Falter Wither and was also the recipient of the Davy Byrnes Short Story Award and the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award. She lives in Cork, Ireland.

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