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Translated from the French by Lia HIlls
Set in the Blue Mountains and in Sydney, Tom is Dead is a suspense novel about grief. The narrator’s son has been dead for ten years; he was four and a half. For the first time since that day, she spends a few minutes without thinking of him. To stop herself from forgetting, she tries to write Tom’s story, the story of his death.
She writes about the first hours, the first days, and then about the hours and the days before. She strives to describe it all as precisely as possible. It’s the details that will lead her and the reader to the truth.
‘I love the way Marie Darrieussecq writes about the world, as if it were an extension of herself and her feelings.’
‘This savvy young writer plays her cards beautifully.’
‘A thousand times more inventive than any British writer of her generation.’
‘[An] incisive, lyrical and sympathetic translation of a novel with such a European sensibility, such intensity and such a distinctive style and tone…Tom is Dead is mesmerising and deeply rewarding…absorbing and unusual.’