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A Short Walk Through a Wide World (Compact Disc)

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A young woman in Paris is afflicted with a strange phenomenon which requires her to move every three days and never go back to the same place twice. Tracing her journey across the globe, she encounters both the joy and heartbreak of life in constant motion. In the vein of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue or The Midnight Library, A Short Walk is a homage to travel and new experiences, an epic of the strength of the human spirit, and a meditation on what it means to be at peace.

— Casey

April 2024 Indie Next List

A Short Walk Through a Wide World is an epic novel charting the adventurous journey of one woman trying to outrun a mysterious curse. Douglas Westerbeke’s debut captures the imagination. A dazzling read!”
— Linda Kass, Gramercy Books, Bexley, OH


The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue meets Life of Pi in this dazzlingly epic debut that charts the adventures of one woman as she walks herself around the world many times over trying to outrun a mysterious curse that will destroy her if she ever stops moving--or returns to the same place twice.Paris, 1885: Aubry Tourvel, a spoiled and stubborn nine-year-old girl, comes across a wooden puzzle ball on her walk home from school. She tosses it over the fence, only to find it in her backpack that evening. Days later, at the family dinner table, she starts to bleed to death. When medical treatment only makes her worse, she flees to the outskirts of the city, where she discovers that it is this very act of movement that keeps her alive. So begins her lifelong journey on the run from her condition, which won't allow her to stay anywhere for longer than three or four days or return to a place she's already been. From the scorched dunes of the Calashino Sand Sea to the blinding, snow-packed peaks of the Himalayas; from a bottomless well in a Parisian courtyard, to the shelves of an infinite underground library, we follow Aubry through the decades of her life, as she learns what it takes to survive and fall in love, with goodbye always on the tip of her tongue. But the longer Aubry wanders and the more desperate she is to share her life with others, the clearer it becomes that the world she travels through may not be quite the same as everyone else's... Fierce, hopeful, and full of tender yearning, Aubry Tourvel is an unforgettable character fighting her way through a world of wonders to find a place she can call home. A spellbinding and inspiring story about finding gratitude and meaning in a life that seems otherwise impossible, A Short Walk Through a Wide World reinforces the message that it's not the destination, but rather the journey--no matter how long it lasts--that matters.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781797172040
ISBN-10: 1797172042
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2024
Language: English