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Waiting on Wednesday: Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love by Sarah Butler

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at  Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love by Sarah Butler

Publishing: July 11, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Press HC

Synopsis: (Goodreads): About to turn thirty, Alice is the youngest of three daughters, and the black sheep of her family.  Drawn to traveling in far-flung and often dangerous countries, she has never enjoyed the closeness with her father that her two older sisters have and has eschewed their more conventional career paths.  She has left behind a failed relationship in London with the man she thought she might marry and is late to hear the news that her father is dying.  She returns to the family home only just in time to say good-bye.

Daniel is called many things—”tramp”, “bum”, “lost.”  He hasn’t had a roof over his head for almost thirty years, but he once had a steady job and a passionate love affair with a woman he’s never forgotten.  To him, the city of London has come to be like home in a way that no bricks and mortar dwelling ever was.  He makes sculptures out of the objects he finds on his walks throughout the city—bits of string and scraps of paper, a child’s hair tie, and a lost earring—and experiences synesthesia, a neurological condition which causes him to see words and individual letters of the alphabet as colors.  But as he approaches his sixties his health is faltering, and he is kept alive by the knowledge of one thing—that he has a daughter somewhere in the world whom he has never been able to find.

A searching and inventive debut, Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love is a story about finding love in unexpected places, about rootlessness and homecoming, and the power of the ties that bind.  It announces Sarah Butler as a major new talent for telling stories that are heart-wrenching, page-turning, and unforgettable.

Personal Thoughts: This sounds like an amazing book of self discovery, finding love, homecoming and much more. I love the bright red cover and how each word stands out on its own. Upon taking a closer look at each word it is next to a number from 1-10. This sounds like it will be a thought provoking read.  Once I close the book, I can tell that I will keep on thinking about it.

Sarah Butler is a new author and it will be interesting to see what her writing style is all about. I have never heard of her until this book and I hope that she doesn’t disappoint.


One thought on “Waiting on Wednesday: Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love by Sarah Butler

  1. I hadn’t heard of this one before so thanks for introducing it! Sounds like a heart wrenching read. Looking forward to checking it out this summer.

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