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Sipsworth (Hardcover)

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Most of my fellow employees will find it hard to believe that I actually read a beautifully written book (that’s not the hard-to-believe part) that was not depressing! Simon Van Booy has been a fan favorite of Quail Ridge Books’ employees since Nancy Olson first told us about him. His collection of stories, Love Begins in Winter, is still high on my list of go-to recommendations. His new novel, Sipsworth, is about a widow, Helen Cartwright, and the mouse that comes in when she brings home an aquarium that a neighbor has thrown out. The ensuing relationship between Helen and Sipsworth the mouse is heart-warming. Just as Sipsworth was the source of healing for Helen, this book was a balm to me.

— Mamie

May 2024 Indie Next List

“Simon Van Booy performs a special type of alchemy by taking the simplest of tales — a woman approaching the end of her life discovering a small mouse in her house — and turning it into an astonishingly moving story of love and resilience.”
— Luisa Smith, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA


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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781567927948
ISBN-10: 1567927947
Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher
Publication Date: May 7th, 2024
Pages: 240
Language: English

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