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Tom is Dead

Tom is Dead

Marie Darrieussecq

Translated 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.

Marie Darrieussecq
About the Author

Marie Darrieussecq was born in 1969 in Bayonne, France. Her debut novel, Pig Tales was published in thirty-four countries. Four other novels have also been translated into English, My Phantom Husband, A Brief Stay with the Living, White and Tom Is Dead. Marie Darrieussecq lives in Paris with her husband and children.

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Lia Hills
About the Author

Lia Hills is a poet,novelist andtranslator. Recentpublications includeher award-winningpoetry collection,the possibility offlight. Her translationof MarieDarrieussecq’s novel, Tom Is Dead, was published by Text in 2009.Born in New Zealand, Lia now lives inMelbourne.

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3 August 2009
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Praise for Marie Darrieussecq
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Tom Is Dead is powerful; when one has finished reading it one feels it absolutely needed to exist.’

‘The internationally celebrated author who illuminates those parts of life other writers cannot or do not want to reach.’

‘There are very few writers who may have changed my perception of the world, but Darrieussecq is one of them.’

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