When to Walk

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Canongate, 2007 - Authors - 235 pages
One part Melissa Bank and another part George Saunders, "When to Walk" is a laceratingly funny and deeply compassionate take on how one woman reinvents herself and learns that, no matter how late, there can always be a new beginning in life. When Ramble's husband calls her an "autistic vampire" and abruptly ends their marriage over lunch, she isn't quite sure what to do. She has no rent money, a looming deadline for work, and new neighbors who seem to have involved her in petty crime. Faced with the dissolution of a life she hadn't really wanted, Ramble takes stock of what she has left. In Rebecca Gowers's sharp debut, Ramble begins to reconsider everything her screwy family and unreliable but loyal friends have taught her so far. She spends a week taking apart her life and deciding which parts she wants to keep. Called "a mercurial delight" by the "New Statesman" and "brilliant . . . unforgettable" by "Scotland on Sunday," "When to Walk" is a disarmingly honest portrayal of a young woman coming into her own--lit with hope, rich in magnificent characters, and hilariously wise.

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User Review  - duck2ducks - LibraryThing

When to Walk is a fantastic read, but you wouldn't know it from a back-cover blurb or review synopsis: We're told that Ramble's marriage suddenly ends over lunch, her husband calling her an "autistic ... Read full review

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User Review  - DarcySarto - LibraryThing

i absolutely loved this book, which took me completely by surprise. I was expecting a female-centric Bridget Jonesy pulpy novel, especially judging from the uninspiring back synopsis, but what I ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Rebecca Gowers was born in the west of England and brought up south of the Thames in London. She studied English at Cambridge, did graduate research at Oxford on the literature of Victorian police detectives and has worked as a freelance journalist. Her first book, The Swamp of Death, was shortlisted in 2004 for a CWA Golden Dagger Award for non-fiction. When to Walk, her first novel, was longlisted for the Orange Prize. She lives in Oxford, England.

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