The Faster I Walk, the Smaller I Am

by Kjersti A. Skomsvold

Faster I Walk, the Smaller I Am

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Mathea Martinsen has never been good at dealing with other people. After a lifetime, her only real accomplishment is her longevity. Afraid that her life will be over before anyone knows that she lived, Mathea heads out into the world to make her mark. Translated by Kerri A. Pierce.


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A masterwork of control and characterization, Kjersti Skomsvold's novel captures what it means to face one's own legacy. Mathea Martinsen has lived so quietly that the most she thinks of human connection is that "someone might notice me on the way to the store." But when she sees that the obituaries feature people younger than she is, Mathea realizes that her own time will soon end. So, she strikes out into the world that she'd left behind. She buries a time capsule with only one item. She

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