Sarah Leipciger

Coming Up for Air
  • Coming Up for Air

  • ‘Glittering. A triumph.’ RACHEL JOYCE

    THREE EXTRAORDINARY LIVES INTERTWINE ACROSS OCEANS AND TIME

    On the banks of the River Seine in 1899, a young woman takes her final breath before plunging into the icy water. Although she does not know it, her decision will set in motion an astonishing chain of events. It will lead to 1950s Norway, where a grieving toy-maker is on the cusp of a transformative invention, all the way to present-day Canada where a journalist, battling a terrible disease, risks everything for one last chance to live.

    Taking inspiration from a remarkable true story, Coming Up for Air is a bold, richly imagined novel about the transcendent power of storytelling and the immeasurable impact of every human life.

    PRAISE FOR COMING UP FOR AIR:
    'Extraordinary.' FRANCIS SPUFFORD
    'Vivid, evocative, moving. I loved it' CLAIRE FULLER
    'Spellbinding and beautifully written.' CARYS BRAY
    'Dazzling . . . I savoured every word of its beautiful prose' PRIMA

Sarah Leipciger (Author) Born and raised in Canada, Sarah Leipciger lives in London with her three children, and teaches creative writing to prisoners. Her short fiction has been shortlisted for the Asham Award, the Fish Prize and the Bridport Prize. Her first novel, the critically acclaimed THE MOUNTAIN CAN WAIT, was published in 2015. COMING UP FOR AIR is her second novel.