Until Tonight by Laure Adler

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On 13th July, 2000, Laure Adler almost collided with a lorry and was lucky to escape unharmed. That evening, she took off the watch her partner had given her and stared at its inscription, "a ce soir" - until tonight. Although the watch was broken and the face had misted over, the date was still legible: 13th July - 17 years to the day since her baby son, Remi, had died. Adler sat down and started writing about the experience for the first time. In spare, rhythmic prose, this book describes the nightmarish sequence of events. Adler was at work when she was phoned by her childminder and told that her nine-month old baby had been taken ill. The doctors could not explain what had caused Remi's respiratory failure and Adler was never given any proper diagnosis or prognosis. Remi's continued resilience as the story is told feeds a desperate kind of hope in both Adler's family and the reader.
 

About Laure Adler

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Laure Adler is a historian and journalist who served as a cultural adviser to the Office of the French Presidency from 1989 to 1992. She is the author of numerous books, including "L'amour a l'arsenic: histoirede Marie Lafarge," "Les femmes politiques," and "L'annee des adieux," Anne-Marie Glasheen's translations include two collections of plays by contemporary playwrights and seveal novel, most notably "Oedipus on the Road" by Henry Bauchau. She is a past Chair of the Translators Association, and in 1998 she was awarded the literary translation prize by the Communaute francaise de Belgique.
 
Published February 1, 2003 by Granta Books. 140 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Self Help. Non-fiction

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Seventeen years after her baby's death, French author and journalist Adler (Marguerite Duras: A Life) decided to write about her son and his death, in "an attempt to be reconciled with the world."

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