Coming Up for Air (Hardback)Sarah Leipciger (author)
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'An extraordinary, three-century braid of air and water: the way we float, the way we drown, the way we surface again against the odds.' FRANCIS SPUFFORD
'Vivid, evocative, moving. I loved it' CLAIRE FULLER
'Glittering. Ambitiously imagined, and richly-woven. A triumph.' RACHEL JOYCE
'Spellbinding and beautifully written . . . an extraordinary novel. I can't wait to read what Leipciger writes next.' CARYS BRAY
Three extraordinary lives intertwine across oceans and time.
On the banks of the River Seine in 1899, a young woman takes her final breath before plunging into the icy water. Although she does not know it, her decision will set in motion an astonishing chain of events. It will lead to 1950s Norway, where a grieving toy-maker is on the cusp of a transformative invention, all the way to present-day Canada where a journalist, battling a terrible disease, risks everything for one last chance to live.
Taking inspiration from a remarkable true story, Coming Up for Air is a bold, richly imagined novel about the transcendent power of storytelling and the immeasurable impact of every human life.
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 437 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 31 mm
Sarah Leipciger is a novelist of wild landscapes, of rivers and coasts and forest. She captures the nature of solitude and stillness in a way that no other writer does. THE MOUNTAIN CAN WAIT was a wonder. COMING UP FOR AIR expands her range even further, exploring that eerie shoreline where land and ocean meet, where breathing becomes drowning, and life teeters on the very edge.* Mark Haddon *
An extraordinary, three-century braid of air and water: the way we float, the way we drown, the way we surface again against the odds. * Francis Spufford *
From the first page, I was gripped not only by the scale of the narrative but the sheer fierce beauty of the writing. Here is a novel that dares to cross the boundaries of time, the elements, life and death, and does so with the twists and hooks and magic of a consummate story teller. * Rachel Joyce *
Spellbinding and beautifully written . . . an extraordinary novel. I can't wait to read what Leipciger writes next. * Carys Bray *
Leipciger writes with great compassion and precision, her language is an exquisite mix of muscle and grace * Michele Forbes *
Writing to sink into. Just stunning. * Wyl Menmuir *
Gripping from the first page. * Katy Khan *
Captivating and thought-provoking . . . Leipciger is a masterful and brilliant storyteller . . . a fascinating and enthralling must-read. * Booklist *
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