A Line Made by Walking

A Line Made by Walking

Book - 2017
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The author of the award-winning Spill 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.

* Atlantic
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780544716957
Branch Call Number: FIC BAU
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 22 cm


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Dec 09, 2017

It's time to accept that I am average, and to stop making this acceptance of my averageness into a bereavement.

Dec 09, 2017

Because structure and maintenance and pattern, and broccoli, are what sanity consists of.


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Oct 31, 2018

This novel gives the sense of being quite autobiographic. Baume herself is an artist, like the narrator. This book tells the story of a young woman, who moved from Dublin to the countryside. Without plot, it tells of the process of recovering from depression. There are many references to conceptual art works and I enjoyed looking them up as I read the book.

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