Our Endless Numbered Days: A Novel (Paperback)

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Claire Fuller is the epitome of an underrated author. Her debut book, Our Endless Numbered Days, is about an eight-year-old girl named Peggy whose father, James, takes her away from civilization (and everything she's known) and brings her to a remote cabin in the woods. He then convinces her that the rest of the world is destroyed and they're the only people left. They spend the next nine years together alone in the woods doing everything they can to survive, mentally and physically. The trials and tribulations that Peggy and James go through are tremendous, which makes each decision that the character makes more complex. This book is subtle yet powerful, disturbing yet compassionate, and has an ending you won't see coming. I couldn't put it down.

— Hannah Z.

Claire Fuller is the epitome of an underrated author. Her debut book, Our Endless Numbered Days, is about an eight-year-old girl named Peggy whose father, James, takes her away from civilization (and everything she's known) to a remote cabin in the woods and convinces her that the rest of the world is destroyed. They spend the next nine years together alone in the woods doing everything they can to survive, mentally and physically. The trials and tribulations that Peggy and James go through are tremendous, which makes each decision that each character makes more complex. This book is subtle yet powerful, disturbing yet compassionate, and has an ending you won't see coming. I couldn't put it down.

— Hannah Z.

April 2015 Indie Next List


“Peggy, a highly imaginative and clever eight-year-old, lives in London with her famous pianist mother and survivalist father. Something is a little strange about her parents' marriage, and Peggy observes the grownups in her life behaving in ways that often perplex and sometimes scare her. When her mother leaves to go on an extended tour, Peggy is left at home with her father who, without warning, changes the course of their lives irrevocably. This is a beautifully written novel that defies categorization, and the ending will knock your socks off!”
— Pam Cady, University Book Store, Seattle, WA

Description


Part fairy-tale, part magic, yet always savagely realistic Claire Fuller's haunting and powerful debut Our Endless Numbered Days will appeal to fans of Eowyn Ivey's The Snow Child and Christian Baker Kline's Orphan Train .


Peggy Hillcoat is eight years old when her survivalist father, James, takes her from their home in London to a remote hut in the woods and tells her that the rest of the world has been destroyed. Deep in the wilderness, Peggy and James make a life for themselves. They repair the hut, bathe in water from the river, hunt and gather food in the summers and almost starve in the harsh winters. They mark their days only by the sun and the seasons. When Peggy finds a pair of boots in the forest and begins a search for their owner, she unwittingly begins to unravel the series of events that brought her to the woods and, in doing so, discovers the strength she needs to go back to the home and mother she thought she’d lost. After Peggy's return to civilization, her mother learns the truth of her escape, of what happened to James on the last night out in the woods, and of the secret that Peggy has carried with her ever since.

About the Author


Claire Fuller was born in Oxfordshire, England. She has written three novels: Our Endless Numbered Days, which won the Desmond Elliott Prize; Swimming Lessons; and Bitter Orange. She has an MA in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Winchester and lives in Hampshire with her husband.

Author photo: © Adrian Harvey



Product Details
ISBN: 9781941040010
ISBN-10: 1941040012
Publisher: Tin House Books
Publication Date: March 17th, 2015
Pages: 382
Language: English