Publication Date: 10-Feb-12 | ISBN: 9781907773075 | Trim Size: 198 x 129 mm | Extent: 224pp | Format: Paperback
UK & International Distribution: | Publishing Status: Active
In an idyllic village in south-west France, a web of lives interconnect, ready to unravel at the first touch. Alex is running from a teenage love-affair that went badly wrong at home in England. Julien, the retired village schoolmaster, is struggling with loneliness and insomnia. Pete has everything – a wife who loves him, an existence of ease and freedom – yet he’s frightened of something. Magali wants so much more than the life her parents had. And Damien’s angry with all of it.
And then through their world passes a walker, or a pilgrim, on the old Santiago de Compostela pilgrim path. He accidentally moves a rock a couple of metres and continues on his way. And by the time he has travelled a few more slow days towards Santiago, the lives of every inhabitant of this small community will be irrevocably changed.
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A Place to Stop
PRAISE FOR THIS BOOK
“The stories in the novel intersect and reflect on one another. Nothing is fixed, these are lives still being lived by people in a sensuously present locality which, like dreamers, they go beyond. ” —
“I was compelled: impressed by the mixture of gravity and vivacity that informs every aspect of the novel. I recognised the world it portrays and yet I learned from it too. And all spun from a capacious, fine prose that sounds the depths and resonances of its sentences with admirable clarity.” —
“This is a morality tale, in its most satisfying guise: a commentary on the disposition of our times, its temptations and its punishments, and at the same time a book of human character, of people's needs and losses, expectations and disappointments, of their weaknesses and their fragile unexamined strengths. I recognised the world it portrays and yet I learned from it too. And all spun from a capacious, fine prose that sounds the depths and resonances of its sentences with admirable clarity.” —
PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS BOOKS
“Susan Wicks’s prose works find haunting new shapes for the practical and emotional dilemmas specific to modern women’s lives.” —TLS
“She is neither naïve nor inexperienced, and yet her writing has a bloom on it. There’s a fine surprise at the act of writing itself, and what it can accomplish.” —TLS
“What a treat: at last someone has solved the problem of how to experiment, con brio, with time and form in the novel and yet keep it readable, accessible and full of heart.
(of: Little Thing)” — Independent on Sunday
Susan Wicks grew up in Kent, but has lived in France, Ireland and the US. She is the author of two previous novels, a short memoir, six collections of poetry and a book of stories. Cold Spring in Winter, her translation of the French poet Valerie Rouzeau, was shortlisted for Canada's international Griffin Prize and won the Scott-Moncrieff Prize for Literary Translation. Her most recent book, House of Tongues, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. She is married with two adult daughters.