Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume

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She is brutal detailing brutality, lyrical contemplating land and sea, and at her best evoking the connection between man and dog.
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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, Spill 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 the four 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.
 

About Sara Baume

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SARA BAUME studied fine art before earning a master's in creative writing. Her short fiction has appeared in The Moth, The Stinging Fly, the Irish Independent, and other publications. 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.
 
Published March 8, 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 290 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Below average
on Dec 16 2015

Beautiful prose renders a tragically ugly picture with only the loyal but doomed love between man and dog to redeem it.

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Good
on May 14 2016

She is brutal detailing brutality, lyrical contemplating land and sea, and at her best evoking the connection between man and dog.

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