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In Every Moment We Are Still Alive
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In Every Moment We Are Still Alive
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK of 2018 * Amazon Book of the Month ✳︎ Indies Introduce 2018 ✳︎ INDIES NEXT 2018 Selection

"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.
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK of 2018 * Amazon Book of the Month ✳︎ Indies Introduce 2018 ✳︎ INDIES NEXT 2018 Selection

"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.
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  • 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.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    December 4, 2017
    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.

  • Kirkus

    December 1, 2017
    A Swedish woman becomes deathly ill as she is about to give birth to her first child, and her longtime partner must learn to traverse parenthood and grief at the same time.When Karin is 33 weeks pregnant and struggling to breathe, her partner and fellow writer, Tom, rushes her to a nearby hospital. Karin is diagnosed with acute leukemia, and a baby girl she names Livia is delivered by emergency C-section. Tom struggles to be present for his premature daughter as Karin becomes increasingly unresponsive over the next few weeks in the hospital. Translated from the Swedish by Koch, the first part of Malmquist's autobiographical novel moves swiftly through hospital passages, and the days meld together in his prose. Like Tom, we are plunged into medical terminology and family tensions that build in urgency until Karin's death. After her loss, the narrative begins to piece together memories of Tom and Karin's life together before the illness. These sections are often untethered from each other, out of chronological order, as if fragments from a dream; it is in this part of the book that Malmquist's background as a poet shines through, even as the heaviness of the memories is often suffocating. Tom's efforts to care for Livia and navigate his other familial relationships are woven between these flashbacks from his courtship with Karin and her earlier health scares. Tom works through the complicated bureaucratic system to establish his legal relationship with Livia, as he and Karin weren't married; he struggles to resolve tensions with Karin's parents due to the privacy she wanted during her illness; and his own father's health rapidly declines after 10 years of living with cancer. By turns raw, unsettled, and touching, Malmquist's book is an extended meditation on what it means to love and to mourn.A deeply emotional and affecting novel.

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