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  • Spill Simmer Falter Wither, Sara Baume
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9780544716193, March 8, 2016 (Fiction)

    Poetic, precise, and playful, this novel takes readers through a year of the narrator's life with a rescue dog. Though it seems to rehash the oft-told tale of two lonely creatures finding solace in companionship, it is altogether wilder, utterly unsentimental, and profoundly moving. 

    -Anmiryam Budner, Main Point Books, (Bryn Mawr, PA)

    Sara Baume’s Spill Simmer Falter Wither is a heartbreaking story of loneliness and friendship, depression and pure joy as revealed through the relation between a man and the dog he rescues. Baume’s transcendent use of language and utterly original voice had me stopping to read whole sentences—even entire paragraphs—aloud. Spill Simmer Falter Wither is an amazing achievement by a writer who makes her work seem effortless.

    -Mary Wolf, Collected Works Bookstore & Coffee House, Santa Fe, NM

    With a slow, deliberate pace and quiet tone, Spill Simmer Falter Wither is a captivating journey into the mind of a 57-year-old man whose lengthy solitude is broken only by his impulsive adoption of a wounded dog. In a small village on the coast of Ireland, these two lonely beings fall into orbit and provide solace and meaning for one another.

    -Emily Adams, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA

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