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Seven Steeples

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Author: Sara Baume

One of Wall Street Journal's 10 Best Books of 2022 - An Irish Times Best Book of the Year - Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize.

"One of the most beautiful novels I have ever read." --New York Times Book Review

The acclaimed novel about a couple who, pushing against traditional expectations, move with their dogs to the Irish countryside where they embed themselves in nature and make attempts to disappear from society.

It is the winter following the summer they met. A couple, Bell and Sigh, move into a remote house in the Irish countryside with their dogs. Both solitary with misanthropic tendencies, they leave the conventional lives stretched out before them to build another--one embedded in ritual, and away from the friends and family from whom they've drifted.

They arrive at their new home on a clear January day and look up to appraise the view. A mountain gently and unspectacularly ascends from the Atlantic, "as if it had accumulated stature over centuries. As if, over centuries, it had steadily flattened itself upwards." They make a promise to climb the mountain, but--over the course of the next seven years--it remains unclimbed. We move through the seasons with Bell and Sigh as they come to understand more about the small world around them, and as their interest in the wider world recedes.

Seven Steeples is a beautiful and profound meditation on the nature of love and the resilience of nature. Through Bell and Sigh, and the life they create for themselves, Sara Baume explores what it means to escape the traditional paths laid out before us--and what it means to evolve in devotion to another person, and to the landscape.

Publisher: Mariner Books
Published: 04/26/2022
Pages: 192
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.60lbs
Size: 8.40h x 5.50w x 1.00d
ISBN: 9780358629238

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 11/01/2021 pg. 6
Booklist 03/15/2022 pg. 44
Library Journal 04/01/2022 pg. 76

About the Author
SARA BAUME's debut novel, Spill Simmer Falter Wither, and second novel, A Line Made by Walking, have won and been nominated for numerous awards. She is a recipient of the Davy Byrnes Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and a Lannan Literary Fellowship. Baume works as both a visual artist and a writer.

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