*A Richard & Judy Bookclub Pick Spring 2016*
A YEAR OF MARVELLOUS WAYS is the unforgettable and completely captivating new novel from Sarah Winman, author of the international bestseller WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT and a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller.
Marvellous Ways is eighty-nine years old and has lived alone in a remote Cornish creek for nearly all her life. Lately she's taken to spending her days sitting on a mooring stone by the river with a telescope. She's waiting for something - she's not sure what, but she'll know it when she sees it.
Drake is a young soldier left reeling by the Second World War. When his promise to fulfil a dying man's last wish sees him wash up in Marvellous' creek, broken in body and spirit, the old woman comes to his aid.
A Year of Marvellous Ways is a glorious, life-affirming story about the magic in everyday life and the pull of the sea, the healing powers of storytelling and sloe gin, love and death and how we carry on when grief comes snapping at our heels.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
On the heels of her lovely debut, When God Was a Rabbit, Sarah Winman brings us an enchanting story about the unlikely friendship between an 89-year-old recluse and a young soldier reeling from the impact of World War II. Marvellous Ways has led a solitary life in a small Cornish fishing village; as she withdraws into her memories, we’re treated to gorgeously written scenes of passion and loss. But when Marvellous connects with a stranger named Freddy, she confirms her hunch that the world isn’t done with her yet. Winman’s writing is stunning and poetic—we loved every moment we spent with her extraordinary characters.
It’s been a while since I found a book that captured me from start to finish. I loved the way that Sarah Winman writes and the characters she develops in this book. I look forward to reading her other books.
Beautiful and evocative
This is a beautifully written book whose evocative prose wraps and soothes. A delight to read whose beauty lingers with you.