Seven Steeples


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$27.99  $26.03
Mariner Books
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5.5 X 8.4 X 1.0 inches | 0.6 pounds

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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.


"Seven Steeples is a portrait of a life, a house, a landscape, and of time itself. The accumulation of years feels palpable, as if we are watching the sifting grains of a sand clock, within this tender, hypnotic, and wholly original novel." --Aysegül Savas, author of Walking on the Ceiling and White on White
"[Baume] takes the everyday and makes it sing. She takes our normal lives and makes them glisten...Seven Steeples is about what it means to tread gently; with intention; on equal footing with every creature we share our days with. The writing is unsettling good; the attention to detail is like no other."--Kerri ní Dochartaigh, author of Thin Places
"A triumph....I was utterly charmed by the gentle rhythms and precision of this intricately wrought existential inventory."--Olivia Sudjic, author of Sympathy and Exposure
"Lush imagery and poetic punctuation choices are ever-present in Seven Steeples, appealing to fans of Paulette Jiles and Geraldine Brooks...Baume sets readers down in a near-untamed wilderness and shrinks the world down to a garden, a cabin, and its profoundly resilient occupants."--Booklist (starred review)
Haunting and dreamlike and wonderful to read...[Seven Steeples] powerfully recalls the middle act of Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse, that heart-stoppingly moving depiction of time passing through an empty house, of loss accumulating. Baume offers up an astonishing prose poem that keeps close religiously and lovingly to the physical throughout.--The Guardian
"It takes both daring and humility to write a book as unique as Seven Steeples. In unfailingly precise and lyrical prose, and with a religious attention to even the humblest things of this world, Sara Baume pays homage to nature, to hearth and home, and to the miracle of a love engendered by the union of two solitaries."--Sigrid Nunez, author of the National Book Award winner The Friend
"In its unique evocation of human and natural life, Seven Steeples somehow captures the strangeness of being alive in this world at this time. Among those rare books that makes you feel that you're seeing everything through new eyes."--Doireann Ní Ghríofa, author of A Ghost in the Throat
"Subtle and luminous, playful and profound, Seven Steeples brings to life the symphonic voices and rhythms of nature. An exquisite tribute to the life in all things, and a testament to the worlds we build together." --Roisin Kiberd, author of The Disconnect