Spill, Simmer, Falter, Wither

Spill, Simmer, Falter, Wither

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD 2015

LONGLISTED FOR THE GUARDIAN FIRST BOOK AWARD 2015

LONGLISTED FOR THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE 2016

WINNER OF THE SUNDAY INDEPENDENT NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR, IRISH BOOK AWARDS 2015

WINNER OF THE GEOFFREY FABER MEMORIAL PRIZE FOR FICTION


You find me on a Tuesday, on my Tuesday trip to town. A note sellotaped to the inside of the jumble-shop window: COMPASSIONATE & TOLERANT OWNER. A PERSON WITHOUT OTHER PETS & WITHOUT CHILDREN UNDER FOUR.

A misfit man finds a misfit dog. Ray, aged fifty-seven, 'too old for starting over, too young for giving up', and One Eye, a vicious little bugger, smaller than expected, a good ratter. Both are accustomed to being alone, unloved, outcast - but they quickly find in each other a strange companionship of sorts. As spring turns to summer, their relationship grows and intensifies, until a savage act forces them to abandon the precarious life they'd established, and take to the road.


Spill Simmer Falter Wither is a wholly different kind of love story: a devastating portrait of loneliness, loss and friendship, and of the scars that are more than skin-deep. Written with tremendous empathy and insight, in lyrical language that surprises and delights, this is an extraordinary and heartbreaking debut by a major new talent

Publisher: London : Windmill Books, 2015.
ISBN: 9781473535688
1473535689
9780544716223
0544716221
9780099592747
0099592746
Characteristics: 1 online resource (277 pages)

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snailgem
Jul 05, 2017

Great title! But, because of the way it's presented, I couldn't get into it.

Nicr May 27, 2017

Ray and One Eye, two misfits who've found each other, are forced by fear into a life on the road. Ray addresses the narrative to One Eye ("you"), an unusual second-person device that is remarkably intimate and powerful. While the exploration of isolation may be too grim for some, the writing is gorgeous, and the evocation of the relationship between human and dog unforgettably rich.

A misfit man adopts a one-eyed rescue dog and tells the story of his life to him, apiece at a time, obliquely, in this beautifully written book.

As Kirkus Reviews described this book with a unique writing style, "Beautiful prose renders a tragically ugly picture with only the loyal but doomed love between man and dog to redeem it."

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ctpete
Jun 05, 2016

This book was depressing, but worse was the overwhelming feeling of dread that increased with every chapter. I wish I had obeyed my first instinct and stopped reading just a few pages in.
Anymore of my thoughts on it would involve spoilers.

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uncommonreader
May 28, 2016

A story told over four seasons (spill, simmer, falter, wither) of two outcasts in which the natural world is beautifully portrayed - plants and birds. The novel is a portrait of exclusion and loneliness.

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Apr 27, 2016

This is not a book for everyone. It is a (mostly) quiet story about the newly-formed relationship between a reclusive man and a misfit dog in a coastal town in Ireland. As the man confides in the dog, telling him every little thing about his unremarkable days (present) and difficult days (past) the real story slowly reveals itself, with a seriously disturbing unveiling three quarters of the way through. Beautifully, poetically, honestly written, I enjoyed finding little bits of light in so much grey. Depressing, for sure- but not all books should be joyful.

Gabi_Dubh Apr 13, 2016

A truly brilliant book that initially, oddly warms, and finally chills the heart.

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