- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Melville House (January 30, 2018)
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’.
Shortlisted for the Nordic Council Literary Award — the ‘Nordic Booker’ — the judges praised it as “one of the most powerful books about grief ever written.” Malmquist is the first novelist to ever win Sweden’s prestigious Dagens Nyheter Culture Prize. This novel is translated from Swedish by Henning Koch (the translator of Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove).
“Beautiful…arresting… A deeply personal account. As more books are published, we increasingly seek out those writers who promise to give us something more than mere fiction. We want books made out of lives… The value of Malmquist’s book is precisely that it retains a trace of true human presence… carefully preserved by the author.” – The Guardian
“It is bound to invite comparison to Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle… Perhaps more so than Knausgaard, Malmquist demonstrates over lengthy passages that he can relay life in an intense, heightened state. The result is exhilarating.” –Financial Times
“A unique form… infused with deep urgency. A great stylist, Malmquist’s immersive prose perfectly limns the demands of living within the chiaroscuro of deep grief.” —Foreword Reviews, starred review
“By turns raw, unsettled, and touching, Malmquist’s book is an extended meditation on what it means to love and to mourn. A deeply emotional and affecting novel.” – Kirkus
“Kafkaesque… remarkably credible.” – Booklist
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.
Tom Malmquit’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Tuesday, January 30th: @createexploreread
Wednesday, January 31st: Girl Who Reads
Thursday, February 1st: @mwladieswholit
Monday, February 5th: I Brought a Book
Monday, February 5th: Literary Quicksand
Thursday, February 8th: Lit Wit Wine Dine
Monday, February 12th: Stranded in Chaos
Tuesday, February 13th: Kahakai Kitchen
Friday, February 16th: Lit and Life
Monday, February 19th: Readaholic Zone
Tuesday, February 20th: @readingbringsjoy
Wednesday, February 21st: Cheryl’s Book Nook
Thursday, February 22nd: Kritter’s Ramblings
Sunday, February 25th: Books a la Mode – author Q&A
Monday, February 26th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Wednesday, February 28th: What is That Book About