Talk & Signing: Simon Van Booy, author of Sipsworth

Over the course of two weeks in a small English town, a reclusive widow discovers an unexpected reason to live.

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.

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.


PRAISE FOR SIPSWORTH

"Enchanting . . . fresh and often funny, thanks to the author's artful prose."
-- Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

"Charming . . . generous . . . vibrant . . . reveal[s] something profound about the human need for connection."
-- Foreword Reviews (starred review)

"Sipsworth is a love story about a woman and a mouse. Reason suggests that such a relationship couldn't possibly work, and yet I found myself pulling for this unlikely duo on every page. Simon Van Booy's characters are loaded with charm, resilience, and the deep desire for connection that all mammals share. I loved it."
-- Ann Patchett

"Through tears, laughter, joy, and pain, I just couldn't stop reading this novel about friendship and second chances. Sipsworth is a marvel--storytelling at its absolute finest."
-- Marc Levy

"Whimsical, beautifully detailed, and filled with heart, Sipsworth is a slim, sparkling jewel of a novel."
-- Christina Baker Kline


Simon Van Booy has written more than a dozen works of fiction (including Night Came with Many Stars and The Presence of Absence) and is the editor of three volumes of philosophy.  Raised in rural North Wales, Simon currently lives between London and New York, where he is a volunteer EMT for Central Park Medical Unit and RVAC. In early 2020, he rescued his first mouse.

Event date: 
Friday, June 7, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Water Street Bookstore
125 Water Street
Exeter, NH 03833
Sipsworth By Simon Van Booy Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781567927948
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: David R. Godine Publisher - May 7th, 2024