The Son (Paperback)Michel Rostain (author)
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Selected for the Waterstones Eleven list for 2013.
We first meet Michel eleven days after the death of his son Lion. Lion was lost, suddenly, to a virulent strain of meningitis and it's left his father and entire family reeling. We join Michel on his personal journey through grief, but the twist that makes the journey truly remarkable, and tips this true story into fiction, is the fact that we see it all through Lion's eyes.
In a stunningly original blurring of memoir and fiction, THE SON tackles the very hardest of subjects in the most readable of ways. Michel Rostain resolutely ducks away from sentimentality and pathos, and tells his story instead with wit, wisdom and vitality. For this is not a book about death; it's a book about life.
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 173 g
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 16 mm
Transmut[es] humour into savage irony and back again...An honourable, humane and touching work * The Sunday Times *
Both compelling and jarring...the author treads the line between poignancy and sentimentality, bitterness and joy, memoir and fiction * TLS *
'Moving...packed with emotion... you will cry, yes, but you will also laugh as this novel reminds us of the overwhelming capacity we have for the most powerful love' * Psychologies *
This is one of the most emotionally powerful books I've ever read. The deep sadness is layered with hope; showing how friends and family can help each other through grief. It is a roller-coaster of emotion... Highly recommended -- www.farmlanebooks.com
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“An unusual Story!”
Although very easy to read, 'The Son' deals with very deep emotional issues which will keep you thinking about them for days. It is certainly a book to discuss with friends and debate about. It approaches... More
“A Heartbreaking yet Life Affirming Read...”
A quick read, gently paced and beautifully moving.
Each chapter guides you through a layer of grief as a son watches his father cope after his own death. There are moments that make you chuckle, and moments that make... More
“Not as Sad as You Might Think”
As the other reviews have said although this is a book about death it is also strangely uplifting.
A fictionalised version of the authors own real loss you do feel a little like you are intruding but I do think that... More
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