Spill Simmer Falter Wither – Sara Baume

spill simmer falter witherHe is an outcast – misshapen, unloved, fearful. He keeps to himself. It is safer that way. Acting on impulse (a very rare thing) he adopts an aggressive one-eyed dog. And so, his life begins to change.  He has a friend. When his friend is threatened, they run, leave home, live in the car.

The book is a monologue, the lonely man providing running commentary for his dog. But it is much more than that. It is absolutely beautiful, lyrical prose, almost poetry. I feel what the speaker is feeling and I am emotionally involved in his world. The descriptions of the Irish countryside and villages make me think I have been there. I highly recommend this book. It is not to be missed and is suitable for teens.

eGalley review                   Publication date 3.8.16



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