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Two steps forward
2018
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A story of mid-life and second chances from Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project, and his wife Anne Buist

Soon to be a film produced by Ellen DeGeneres

Two misfits walk 2,000 kilometres along the Camino de Santiago to find themselves and, perhaps, each other along the way.

Zoe, a sometime artist, is from California. Martin, an engineer, is from Yorkshire. Both have ended up in picturesque Cluny, in central France. Both are struggling to come to terms with their recent past--for Zoe, the death of her husb∧ for Martin, a messy divorce. Looking to make a new start, each sets out alone to walk two thousand kilometres from Cluny to Santiago, in northwestern Spain, in the footsteps of pilgrims who have walked the Camino--the Way--for centuries. The Camino changes you, it's said. It's a chance to find a new version of yourself. But can these two very different people find each other? In this smart, funny and romantic journey, Martin's and Zoe's stories are told in alternating chapters by husband-and-wife team Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist.

Two Steps Forward is a novel about renewal--physical, psychological and spiritual. It's about the challenge of walking a long distance and of working out where you are going. And it's about what you decide to keep, what you choose to leave behind and what you rediscover.

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Zoe, an American artist, walks the Camino de Santiago to cope with her husband's death. Meanwhile, Martin, a divorced British engineer, tests out his latest contraption a one-wheeled cart on that same trail. The Camino is an ancient pilgrimage route that guarantees to change you, and as doubtful as that promise sounds to Zoe and Martin, they find it to be true. Separately, they begin their trek enduring the winter and meeting generous strangers until they eventually cross paths. Their hesitant friendship blossoms into romance, but they also take the time to be alone and reckon with the bleak pasts they've tried to suppress. Husband-and-wife team Simsion (The Best of Adam Sharp, 2017) and Buist (Medea's Curse, 2016) have collaborated on this heartwarming tale of grief, forgiveness, healing, and determination. The eclectic cast of characters including rowdy Brazilians and an opportunistic German adds zest to an otherwise introspective journey in search of inner peace. Like a fictional variation of Cheryl Strayed's Wild (2012), Two Steps Forward will appeal to hikers, travelers, and the downtrodden.--Hyzy, Biz Copyright 2018 Booklist
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