In Every Moment We Are Still Alive by Tom Malmquist

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Written in the hectic first-person present tense, In Every Moment We Are Still Alive – as its title suggests – can at times seem insistent, a novel-length elegy. But what makes it arresting is that Malmquist clearly understands that a voice most profoundly expressing pain is often a voice refusing to register pain.
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A prize-winning, bestselling debut of love, loss, and family--based on a true story--that's winning readers around the world.

When Tom's heavily pregnant girlfriend Karin is rushed to the hospital, doctors are able to save the baby. But they are helpless to save Karin from what turns out to be acute Leukemia. And in a cruel, fleeting moment Tom gains a daughter but loses his soul-mate. In Every Moment We Are Alive is the story of the year that changes everything, as Tom must reconcile the fury and pain of loss with the overwhelming responsibility of raising his daughter, Livia, alone.

By turns tragic and redemptive, meditative and breathless, achingly poignant and darkly funny, this autobiographical novel has been described as 'hypnotic', 'impossible to resist' and 'one of the most powerful books about grief ever written'.
 

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Published January 30, 2018 by Melville House. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Ian Sansom on Jun 08 2017

Written in the hectic first-person present tense, In Every Moment We Are Still Alive – as its title suggests – can at times seem insistent, a novel-length elegy. But what makes it arresting is that Malmquist clearly understands that a voice most profoundly expressing pain is often a voice refusing to register pain.

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