Her story culminates in her building a hermitage on an isolated moor in Galloway, and as she guides readers through experiences of silence in this new home, she evokes a sense of peace that includes the reader in its intimate tranquility. In her late forties, after a noisy upbringing as one of six children and adulthood as a vocal feminist and mother, to her surprise, Sara Maitland found herself living alone in the country and, falling in love with silence.
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