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The Still Point

A Novel

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January 10, 2012 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 320 Pages | ISBN 9781582438009
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“Sackville wields language like a wand… Her prose reminds us of the pleasure in being carried to far-off worlds by words alone: the feat feels magical, not technical.” —New York Times Book Review

At the turn of the twentieth century, Arctic explorer Edward Mackley sets out to reach the North Pole and vanishes into the icy landscape without a trace. He leaves behind a young wife, Emily, who awaits his return for decades, her dreams and devotion gradually freezing into rigid widowhood.

A hundred years later, on a sweltering mid-summer’s day, Edward’s great-grand-niece Julia moves through the old family house, attempting to impose some order on the clutter of inherited belongings and memories from that ill-fated expedition, and taking care to ignore the deepening cracks within her own marriage. But as afternoon turns into evening, Julia makes a discovery that splinters her long-held image of Edward and Emily’s romance.

The Still Point moves through past, present, and future, with dreams revealing a universal simultaneity to the choices we must all make in the faces of love and passion. Long-listed for the Orange Prize, The Still Point is a captivating literary debut, masterfully told in the language of the heart.

AMY SACKVILLE was born in 1981. She studied English and Theatre Studies at Leeds, and went on to an MPhil in English at Exeter College, Oxford. Last year she completed the MA in Creative & Life Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. This is her first novel.

Praise

“Sackville wields language like a wand… Her prose reminds us of the pleasure in being carried to far-off worlds by words alone: the feat feels magical, not technical.” —New York Times Book Review

“Sackville drifts seamlessly between past and present in her beautifully written debut… Sackville is a canny observer and a dry wit who can tease a trace of significance out of even the most mundane corners of domesticity.” —Publishers Weekly

“Many novels explore the sliding planes, the archaeology of past, present and future and the still points where the fabric of time is rent and characters slip through. This is a lot to juggle, especially in a debut novel, but Amy Sackville pulls it off — thrillingly, seductively, dreamily. Not only do all the moving parts hold together, but a new fictional voice emerges here as well; not harsh, brash and shiny, not overly self-conscious and sentimental — somewhere between the calm beauty we expect from novels that invoke Victorian England and the raw edges of modern life.” —Los Angeles Times

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