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The Still Point: A Novel
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At the turn of the twentieth century, Arctic explorer Edward Mackley sets out to reach the North Pole and vanishes into the icy landscape without a trace. He leaves behind a young wife, Emily, who awaits his return for decades, her dreams and devotion gradually freezing into rigid widowhood.A hundred years later, on a sweltering mid-summer’s day, Edward’s great-grand-niece Julia moves through the old family house, attempting to impose some order on the clutter of inherited belongings and memories from that ill-fated expedition, and taking care to ignore the deepening cracks within her own marriage. But as afternoon turns into evening, Julia makes a discovery that splinters her long-held image of Edward and Emily’s romance.The Still Point slaloms through past, present, and future, with dreams revealing a universal simultaneity to the choices we must all make in the faces of love and passion. Long-listed for the Orange Prize, The Still Point is a powerful literary debut, masterfully told in the language of the heart.
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At the turn of the twentieth century, Arctic explorer Edward Mackley sets out to reach the North Pole and vanishes into the icy landscape without a trace. He leaves behind a young wife, Emily, who awaits his return for decades, her dreams and devotion gradually freezing into rigid widowhood.

A hundred years later, on a sweltering mid-summer’s day, Edward’s great-grand-niece Julia moves through the old family house, attempting to impose some order on the clutter of inherited belongings and memories from that ill-fated expedition, and taking care to ignore the deepening cracks within her own marriage. But as afternoon turns into evening, Julia makes a discovery that splinters her long-held image of Edward and Emily’s romance.

The Still Point slaloms through past, present, and future, with dreams revealing a universal simultaneity to the choices we must all make in the faces of love and passion. Long-listed for the Orange Prize, The Still Point is a powerful literary debut, masterfully told in the language of the heart.
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      • source: Los Angeles Times
      • content: "Many novels explore the sliding planes, the archaeology of past, present and future and the still points where the fabric of time is rent and characters slip through. This is a lot to juggle, especially in a debut novel, but Amy Sackville pulls it off -- thrillingly, seductively, dreamily. Not only do all the moving parts hold together, but a new fictional voice emerges here as well; not harsh, brash and shiny, not overly self–conscious and sentimental -- somewhere between the calm beauty we expect from novels that invoke Victorian England and the raw edges of modern life."
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      • content: "A quiet but significant debut about identity and family."
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      • content: "Amy Sackville's The Still Point, a story of turn–of–the–century arctic pioneering and contemporary emotional frozen states, has an Eliotic calm that seems almost uncanny in a debut writer, and a narrative voice that's subtle and original."
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      • content: "Through Sackville's rhythmic, lyrical prose, readers discover an Arctic alive with form and color, a place of unusual beauty with the ability to destroy. This is a subtle, probing exploration of the role of faith, the meaning of failure, and history's power to move us forward."
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        Sackville drifts seamlessly between past and present in her beautifully written debut, the split story of the last days of fictional 19th-century Arctic explorer Edward Mackley, and a day in the life of his great-great-niece, Julia, and her husband, Simon, a hundred years later. Julia and Simon live in Edward's brother's house, surrounded by artifacts of Edward's life's work. Julia spends her days archiving Edward's collection, reading his diaries, and developing deep attachments to the characters involved in her ancestor's story—particularly his young wife, Emily, whom Julia fashions into a Persephone figure, brave and patient as she awaits Edward's return. While the two couples live vastly different lives, there are glimpses—often funny, sometimes painful—of Julia and Simon's strained marriage tucked into the flowery prose of Emily and Edward's romance, revealing them all to be idealists with the unfortunate luck to grind against reality, none with more force than Edward, whose ship never returns. Sackville is a canny observer and a dry wit who can tease a trace of significance out of even the most mundane corners of domesticity.

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        November 15, 2010

        In the attic of a rambling Victorian house, Julia spends a hot summer day labeling memorabilia from her ancestor Edward Mackley, a 19th-century British Arctic explorer who died in the snow before reaching the North Pole. Her attempts to catalog his life are hindered by her emotional attachment to the mythic past, her own painful history, and her tentative relationship with her husband, Simon. The narrative moves among the horrendous frozen trek of Mackley and his crew 100 years earlier; the tedious life of manners endured by his bride, Emily, as she awaits his return in the same Victorian house; Simon's present-day struggle to resist an affair; and Julia's languid movements through this single day where she tries to come to terms with the truth of the past and the realities of love. VERDICT Sackville has written a dreamily poetic debut novel that is equally vivid in conjuring up the stark cold of the Arctic and the oppressive heat of an English summer. Captivating and poignant.--Joy Humphrey, Pepperdine Univ. Law Lib., Malibu, CA

        Copyright 2010 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        December 15, 2010
        As the twentieth century begins, Arctic explorer Edward Mackley sets out to reach the North Pole. He is looking for the still point, the quiet center at the top of the world, where he can fulfill his dreams of glory. Edward leaves behind his bride, Emily, and a promise to return. Fast-forward 100 years to an English summer day. Julia Mackley, Edwards great-grand-niece, has inherited the family home, a rundown mansion full of decaying furniture and family artifacts. Julia tries to create some kind of order out of the collection of objects and memories that surrounds her while her wayward husband, Simon, is at work. The Still Point follows the couple over the course of one day as the narrative moves between Edward and Emilys brief marriage, Edwards doomed trip, and Julia and Simons ailing relationship. Through Sackvilles rhythmic, lyrical prose, readers discover an Arctic alive with form and color, a place of unusual beauty with the ability to destroy. This is a subtle, probing exploration of the role of faith, the meaning of failure, and historys power to move us forward.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2010, American Library Association.)

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A hundred years later, on a sweltering mid-summer’s day, Edward’s great-grand-niece Julia moves through the old family house, attempting to impose some order on the clutter of inherited belongings and memories from that ill-fated expedition, and taking care to ignore the deepening cracks within her own marriage. But as afternoon turns into evening, Julia makes a discovery that splinters her long-held image of Edward and Emily’s romance.

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