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In every moment we are still alive
Malmquist, Tom, 1978- author.
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232 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
"First published in Sweden in 2015 by Natur & Kultur. First published in Great Britain in 2017 by Sceptre"--Title page verso.
"When Tom's heavily pregnant girlfriend Karin is rushed to the hospital, doctors are able to save the baby. But they are helpless to save Karin from what turns out to be acute leukemia. And in a cruel, fleeting moment Tom gains a daughter but loses his soul-mate. In Every Moment We Are Alive is the story of the year that changes everything, as Tom must reconcile the fury and pain of loss with the overwhelming responsibility of raising his daughter, Livia, alone. By turns tragic and redemptive, meditative and breathless, achingly poignant and darkly funny, this autobiographical novel has been described as 'hypnotic', 'impossible to resist' and 'one of the most powerful books about grief ever written'."--Publisher's description.
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Corning - Southeast Steuben County Library 1 FIC MAL Adult Fiction Book
Elmira - Steele Memorial Library 1 FICTION Adult Fiction Book

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" In Every Moment We Are Still Alive is a tremendous feat of emotional and artistic discipline. ... a triumph ."-- New York Times Book Review

Acclaimed on the front page of the New York Times Book Review , a stunning tour de force telling a powerful tale of love, loss, and redemption

In Every Moment We Are Still Alive tells the story of a man whose world has come crashing down overnight: His long-time partner has developed an fatal illness, just as she is about to give birth to their first child ... even as his father is diagnosed with cancer.

Reeling in grief, Tom finds himself wrestling with endless paperwork and indecipherable diagnoses, familial misunderstandings and utter exhaustion while trying simply to comfort his loved ones as they begin to recede from him.

But slowly, amidst the pain and fury, arises a story of resilience and hope, particularly when Tom finds himself having to take responsibility for the greatest gift of them all, his newborn daughter.

Written in an unforgettable style that dives deep into the chaos of grief and pain, yet also achieves a poetry that is inspiring, In Every Moment We Are Still Alive is slated to become one of the most stirring novels of the year.

Author Notes

Tom Malmquist is a poet and sportswriter. He has written two highly acclaimed poetry collections. In Every Moment We Are Still Alive is his first novel. He lives in Sweden.

Translator Henning Koch translates from the Swedish. His most recent book is the bestselling A Man Called Ove .

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

In this wrenching, autobiographical first novel, Swedish poet Malmquist follows a narrator who shares the author's name and personal history through a horrifying experience. Tom's longtime partner, Karin, at 33 weeks pregnant, suddenly becomes critically ill and is rushed to the hospital. Tom watches helplessly as her condition worsens, and after their baby is delivered, he spends sleepless days shuttling between Karin's room and the unit where baby Livia is struggling to hold on to life. Malmquist tells the story in claustrophobic, shell-shocked present tense, only later widening out to reveal his relationship with his parents and Karin's, the couple's past, and Tom's Kafkaesque struggle with hospital and government bureaucracy. The reader is immersed in the minutiae of Tom's experience, as he focuses on one detail or another a beige suspended ceiling in the corridor here, or a doctor's chestnut leather briefcase there hoping to ground himself in reality. Not an easy book to read, but remarkably credible.--Quamme, Margaret Copyright 2017 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Malmquist presents a moving portrait of the disorientation of grief in this heady debut novel. It opens with a frantic, prolonged blow-by-blow account of the emergency hospital visit during which Tom's pregnant partner, Karin, is diagnosed with fast-acting leukemia. Days after her diagnosis, Tom becomes a bewildered new parent to premature daughter Livia, while mourning his partner, who dies shortly after giving birth. Tom stumbles forward while flashing back to earlier, happier times with Karin. He frankly recounts his jealousies and her fears of abandonment. The slippage in time illustrates the strange logic of grief, which catapults the bereaved back through random memories. In the midst of these moments, Malmquist offers a stinging satire of the bureaucratic processes ill-equipped to cope with an unmarried single father whose partner has died. A final note of hope that avoids making sense of pain rounds out this beautiful, raw meditation on earth-shattering personal loss. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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