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Tom is Dead

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.

Marie Darrieussecq
About the Author

Marie Darrieussecq is a French writer born in Bayonne in 1969. Her first novel, Pig Tales, waspublished in 1996 and subsequently translated into thirty-five languages. She has written somefifteen books for adults, including novels, short fiction, a play, and nonfiction works. In 2013 shewas awarded both the Prix Médicis and the Prix des Prix for...

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256 pp
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3 August 2009
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‘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.’

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