Sarah Leipciger

Sarah Leipciger: The Mountain Can Wait

In conversation with Emylia Hall

Novel Writers/
Thu 23 July 2015

Sarah Leipciger: The Mountain Can Wait

In conversation with Emylia Hall

Sarah Leipciger
Thu 23 July 2015,

Each month Spike Island in partnership with Bristol Festival of Ideas invites a debut novelist to read from and talk about their work in a relaxed, informal setting. This summer, we have asked two Bristol-based authors, Emylia Hall and Nikesh Shukla, to each select a debut novel that they are excited by. Extracts are available in advance but prior knowledge of the texts is not essential.

The Mountain Can Wait by Sara Leipciger

Tragedy erupts in an instant. Lives are shattered irrevocably. A young man drives off into the night, leaving a girl injured, perhaps fatally so. From that cliff-hanger opening, Leipciger takes readers back and forward in time to tell the haunting story of one family’s unravelling in rural logging country where the land is still the economic backbone. Like the novels of Annie Proulx, this debut is rooted in richly detailed nature writing and sharply focused on small town mores and regional culture.

The Mountain Can Wait is a wild and wonderful book, full of big landscapes and beguiling lives. It’s written in a kind of spare, heartfelt prose that’s muscular and beautiful, and perfectly befits the tale that’s told. I loved it. – Emylia Hall

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