A Short Walk Through a Wide World A Short Walk Through a Wide World

A Short Walk Through a Wide World

A Novel

    • 4.1 • 16 Ratings
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    • $14.99

Publisher Description

“Imagine The Life of Pi, The Alchemist, and The Midnight Library rolled into one fantastical fable.” —The New York Times Book Review

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A dazzlingly epic debut that charts the incredible, adventurous life of one woman as she journeys the globe trying to outrun a mysterious curse that will destroy her if she stops moving.

Paris, 1885: Aubry Tourvel, a spoiled and stubborn nine-year-old girl, comes across a wooden puzzle ball on her walk home from school. She tosses it over the fence, only to find it in her backpack that evening. Days later, at the family dinner table, she starts to bleed to death.

When medical treatment only makes her worse, she flees to the outskirts of the city, where she realizes that it is this very act of movement that keeps her alive. So begins her lifelong journey on the run from her condition, which won’t allow her to stay anywhere for longer than a few days nor return to a place where she’s already been.

From the scorched dunes of the Calashino Sand Sea to the snow-packed peaks of the Himalayas; from a bottomless well in a Parisian courtyard, to the shelves of an infinite underground library, we follow Aubry as she learns what it takes to survive and ultimately, to truly live. But the longer Aubry wanders and the more desperate she is to share her life with others, the clearer it becomes that the world she travels through may not be quite the same as everyone else’s...

Fiercely independent and hopeful, yet full of longing, Aubry Tourvel is an unforgettable character fighting her way through a world of wonders to find a place she can call home. A spellbinding and inspiring story about discovering meaning in a life that seems otherwise impossible, A Short Walk Through a Wide World reminds us that it’s not the destination, but rather the journey—no matter how long it lasts—that makes us who we are.

Fiction & Literature
April 2
Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster
Simon & Schuster Digital Sales LLC

Customer Reviews

Apryla ,

Starts off with a bang ends with a whimper

I was intrigued the minute I saw this book. I got right into it and was so engrossed. Initially I thought that this was gonna be the next great novel. It was so “dreamy” in a way. I couldn’t wait to see where Aubrey would go next and I couldn’t read fast enough…then it started to become confusing and then it became a slog and then it ended. By that time I was angry and disappointed. Such promise but the ending fell apart so grandly that I couldn’t tell you what it meant. Was she in an alternate universe or heaven or dead at the end? Can’t seem to find anyone who knows. As this is the author’s first novel I’d say he had a great concept and was executing it beautifully but sometimes when you use up all your big ideas right out of the gate you run out of steam and it really showed. It’s kind of embarrassing because he should’ve had better input or guidance. I could’ve seen this being a movie but they’d have to rewrite the ending in order for people to have a satisfying ending. Such a shame. Hopefully the author keeps honing his craft and gets better editors next go round. He’s def got talent but it was wasted on this as this it is ultimately forgettable.

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