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.
|Publisher:||Melville House Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Very insightful and important. The translation was a little off and the American grammar. But maybe purposful?
A heart wrenching exploration of the magnitude of memories that haunt and comfort after a deep and agonizing loss. It was cathartic for me, having had a recent death in my family. I identified with the author, in his detailed memories and questions surrounding his love's last days. One thinks, wonders, re-hashes. As a nurse, it was heart stopping, reading how he felt when being handled by the health care system. It is hopeful too, as he continues to love his family, and learns to come up and finds some healing in his responsibilities and the love he still has.
Tom's very pregnant girlfriend Karin takes a quick turn for the worse and they end up in the hospital. Tom must make medical decisions for both his dying girlfriend and his premature baby girl and live with the outcomes as they come. This book has an editorial thing that drives me batty! It has no punctuation when it comes to dialogue and for me that makes it harder to read and overall a frustrating experience. I wish that there was a standard that all books had to have to allow for all people to have an easy reading experience. Maybe because this book is set in Stockholm and I am not familiar with the culture there, but on almost every page I wanted to smack Tom. For being a husband going through an extremely difficult situation he was so rude and offputting to all the medical staff. I just couldn't handle his attitude towards all of the nurses and doctors, I wanted him to get his stuff together and act better. All in all I just couldn't get around this book. The premise was right up my alley, but between the lack of punctuation and Tom as a character, I just couldn't.
Thanks to Melville House for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. I’d heard a lot of rave reviews before diving into this book, so I was both nervous and excited. Nervous because sometimes the hype can be too much and I end up underwhelmed by the book, but excited because I was really intrigued by the synopsis. It turned out to be a gem, albeit a heartbreaking gem. The book starts in the hospital. It jumps right into the chaos and confusion of not knowing what is happening to Karin and Tom’s struggling to comprehend. And on top of this insanity, Malmquist has written this section in long, long paragraphs, making it feel almost like stream-of-consciousness storytelling. This might make things difficult for some readers, because even the dialogue is included in these paragraphs without any punctuation to separate them out from the rest of the narrative. But let me tell you, it worked for me. It really felt like I was submersed within Tom’s character, and I could really feel what this was like for him. It was chaos and confusion and fear and that complete inability to follow thoughts through on a singular tangent. And these long almost rambling paragraphs perfectly conveyed that. The format does change slightly with different scenes, but it always seems to be a visible manifestation of the mood and energy. It’s an incredibly clever way to tell part of the story. This book made me feel a lot of things. I was heartbroken for and with Tom as he navigated this difficult landscape. And yet I was irritated with him on several occasions for decisions that I thought were “wrong”. But that’s a sign of a good book, in my opinion: characters and plot lines that elicit strong emotional responses, that allow a book to stay with you even after you’ve finished it. If you’re looking for a deeper read, one that will really sink it’s teeth into your emotions, you want to add In Every Moment We Are Still Alive to your list.