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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 Bayonne in 1969 and and is recognised as one of the leading voices of contemporary French literature. Her first novel, Pig Tales, was translated into thirty-five languages. She has written more than twenty books. Text has published Tom Is Dead, All the Way, Men, Being Here: The Life of Paula Modersohn-Becker, Our...

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Lia Hills
About the Translator

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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