The Wild Silence

Penguin. Apr. 2021. 288p. ISBN 9780143136422. pap. $17. MEMOIR
Following immediately after her bestselling The Salt Path, this latest book by Winn traces her life after she and her husband Moth have moved indoors after experiencing homelessness and walking England’s South West Coast Path. But life is not through with its punches; Moth’s health starts to decline and Winn receives news that her mother is in end-of-life care at a local hospital. In this sequel to her first memoir, readers follow the couple’s next stage in life. While nature is still a dominant feature in this book, as it was in the last, the return to humanity, adjusting to life, and finding balance are the overarching themes. As Winn confronts life and death issues, the unexpected popularity of The Salt Path also brings up echoes of the past. Tough decisions must be made, but can Winn find the strength to make them?
VERDICT Winn’s writing beautifully evokes the natural world, whether she is describing a doe rummaging in an orchard or her innermost conflicted feelings. This is a perfect “what happened next” memoir that gives closure to readers of the first book, and which both fans and new readers will enjoy.
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