A Line Made by Walking

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017 - Fiction - 320 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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User Review  - lauriebrown54 - LibraryThing

Frankie is twenty five going on twenty six. She’s an artist, who has so far not managed to make a living from her art, only making a living “around” art, working as a dogsbody at a gallery. She has a ... Read full review

A Line Made by Walking

User Review  - Sonia Reppe - Book Verdict

When her grandmother dies, 25-year-old Frankie, who has been living in Dublin, has a breakdown and moves back in with her parents. Struggling with depression, she then retreats to her late grandmother ... Read full review

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About the author (2017)

SARA BAUME studied fine art before earning a master's in creative writing. Her first novel, Spill Simmer Falter Wither, won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and was short-listed for the Costa First Novel Award. She is also the recipient of the Davy Byrnes Short Story Award and the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award, and lives in Cork, Ireland.

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