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Sipsworth (Hardcover)

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Helen thinks she is perfectly fine with her solitary life. Left alone after the death of her son and husband, she returns to the home she grew up in only to find the ghosts of memories have followed her. When an unexpected stowaway in a soggy box makes his arrival known, Helen has no idea that the tiny creature may be her key to connecting with the outside world. Touching and full of charm, this is a great read for the curmudgeon-lover in all of us.

— From Mara's Staff Picks

May 2024 Indie Next List

“Simon Van Booy performs a special type of alchemy by taking the simplest of tales — a woman approaching the end of her life discovering a small mouse in her house — and turning it into an astonishingly moving story of love and resilience.”
— Luisa Smith, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA


"Beautiful and enchanting"--Washington Post

Sometimes a second chance comes in the most unexpected way....

Following the loss of her husband and son, Helen Cartwright returns to the village of her childhood after living abroad for six decades. Her only wish is to die quickly and without fuss. She retreats into her home on Westminster Crescent, becoming a creature of routine and habit: "Each day was an impersonation of the one before with only a slight shuffle--as though even for death there is a queue."

Then, one cold winter night, a chance encounter with a mouse sets Helen on a surprising journey. Over the course of two weeks in a small English town, this reclusive widow discovers an unexpected reason to live.

Sipsworth is a reminder that there can be second chances. No matter what we have planned for ourselves, sometimes life has plans of its own. With profound compassion, Simon Van Booy illuminates not only a deep friendship forged between two lonely creatures, but the reverberations of goodness that ripple out from that unique bond.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781567927948
ISBN-10: 1567927947
Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher
Publication Date: May 7th, 2024
Pages: 240
Language: English