Ten Things I've Learnt About Love: A Novel

Ten Things I've Learnt About Love: A Novel

by Sarah Butler
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Ten Things I've Learnt About Love: A Novel by Sarah Butler

About to turn thirty, Alice is the youngest of three daughters, and the black sheep of her family.  Drawn to traveling in far-flung and often dangerous countries, she has never enjoyed the closeness with her father that her two older sisters have and has eschewed their more conventional career paths.  She has left behind a failed relationship in London with the man she thought she might marry and is late to hear the news that her father is dying.  She returns to the family home only just in time to say good-bye.

Daniel is called many things—"tramp", "bum", "lost."  He hasn't had a roof over his head for almost thirty years, but he once had a steady job and a passionate love affair with a woman he’s never forgotten.  To him, the city of London has come to be like home in a way that no bricks and mortar dwelling ever was.  He makes sculptures out of the objects he finds on his walks throughout the city—bits of string and scraps of paper, a child’s hair tie, and a lost earring—and experiences synesthesia, a neurological condition which causes him to see words and individual letters of the alphabet as colors.  But as he approaches his sixties his health is faltering, and he is kept alive by the knowledge of one thing—that he has a daughter somewhere in the world whom he has never been able to find.

A searching and inventive debut, Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love is a story about finding love in unexpected places, about rootlessness and homecoming, and the power of the ties that bind.  It announces Sarah Butler as a major new talent for telling stories that are heart-wrenching, page-turning, and unforgettable.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143125600
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/24/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sarah Butler is in her early thirties and lives in London.  She runs Urban Words, a consultancy which develops literature and arts projects that explore and question our relationship to place. Ten Things I've Learnt About Love is her first novel and will be published in twelve languages around the world.

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Ten Things I've Learnt About Love 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
kfrye111 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book and was sad when it ended.  It's not action filled or fast-paced, but the writing is honest and thoughtful and the characters are believable.  I wish she had written more that I could read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
inferior book. Not well written
MickiBrose More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Written in a unique style. Really liked Daniel.
suzq81 More than 1 year ago
not great------but everyon e likes different stories.