The Wild Silence: A Memoir

Raynor Winn. Penguin Books, $17 (288p) ISBN 978-0-143-13642-2
British author Winn (The Salt Path) returns with a powerful memoir about overcoming life's obstacles. When Winn's husband, Moth, was diagnosed with a rare and fatal neurodegenerative disease, the two set out on a trek along England's longest waymarked path. This odyssey served as the premise of Salt Path, and here Winn picks up where that journey ends. Soon after they returned from their trip, Winn's mother suffered a fatal stroke, leaving Winn to grieve her loss while simultaneously tending to her husband's decline: "He was vanishing like sea mist in the heat of the sun." Winn and Moth struggled to hold onto hope, until an estate owner who had been moved by Winn's memoir offered them the chance to revive a neglected farm in Cornwall. This gift led to a newfound sense of accomplishment that compelled them to embark on another epic trip, this time across Iceland. It's impossible not to fall for Winn's beautiful prose and her fierce advocacy for her husband. Her descriptive powers pull readers in, and the pacing is pitch-perfect. This powerful narrative proves the resilience of the human spirit and stuns with its grace. (Apr.)
Reviewed on : 03/25/2021
Release date: 04/06/2021
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 288 pages - 978-0-241-40147-7
Hardcover - 288 pages - 978-0-241-40146-0
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