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The Sea Once Swallowed Me:

A Memoir of Love, Solitude, and the Limits of Language


Quarterfinalist for the 2021 BookLife Prize


"It is apparent that the author has carefully crafted each line of prose. Her words are meaning-laden and potent, with not one wasted word or syllable." 


In this bold and lyrical debut, Sondra weaves personal narrative with philosophical themes, crafting a story about love, solitude, and the unsayable urges that run beneath our lives.


Sleeping in the woods outside a medieval city in Spain, she ponders her decision to abandon a more ordinary life. "I am here to decipher nature," she writes. "But as the stone glints back, I know this is a lie. Humans can decipher nothing but their own small lives."

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"The Sea Once Swallowed Me is an impassioned work of personal and travel memoir, in which the author searches for connection to the natural world; a sense of greater philosophical purpose; and—ultimately—romantic love.  Her path toward understanding herself, her choices, and the nuances of the world around her, will captivate readers."Publisher's Weekly Reviewer, for the BookLife Prize

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