In Every Moment We Are Still Alive (Hardcover)

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By Tom Malmquist, Henning Koch (Translator)
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In fiction, the author paints a world for the reader to get lost in. In memoir, the author recounts the past, as best they can, to show us their life. In Every Moment We Are Still Alive, Tom Malmquist blurs these lines. “I want people to understand the story and feelings in my book and worry less about me” Tom said to me over a beer at Winter Institute in Memphis. About 6 years ago, tragedy struck this man out of nowhere, and changed his life forever.

Tom’s longtime partner Karin is pregnant with their first child, a little girl. As she is nearing the end of her pregnancy she gets very, very sick. No one knew that she was suffering from a deadly, incurable disease. Karin dies, but the baby lives. Tom is heartbroken, and to top it all off, his father dies only a few months later. This is a story of loss, of grief, and of redemption. When I asked him how he kept going, he only said one word, “Love.”  Love can pick you up when there is nothing left, love can help you raise a child all alone, and love can give you the strength to write such a terrible, beautiful story.

— Zach

February 2018 Indie Next List

“Malmquist's debut autobiographical novel opens at top speed as we meet Tom in the hospital and learn that his pregnant girlfriend's life is in danger. With a velocity unlike any hospital drama, Malmquist captures the chill of the medical staff and his forced navigation of a clinical, emotionless world. Malmquist's writing style is unlike any I've recently experienced. He captures the ordinariness of daily life and the mundane choices we must make as citizens of this world. His ear for dialogue makes you feel present and privileged to be part of the conversation. I have not experienced such skillful, unrelenting examination by a writer tackling life-and-death circumstances and what it means to live in a changed world as I have with this book.”
— Janine de Boisblanc, Orinda Books, Orinda, CA


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"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.

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781612197111
ISBN-10: 1612197116
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication Date: January 30th, 2018
Pages: 240
Language: English

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