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January 31, 2018

Review: In Every Moment We Are Still Alive by Tom Malmquist

by Susan Roberts

In Every Moment We Are Still Alive is an intense fictionalized autobiographical novel that will pull you in from page 1.

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In Every Moment We Are Still Alive
January 2018; Melville House; 978-1612197111
audio, ebook, print (240 pages); women's fiction 

At times it reads like a hospital drama but with added feeling and humanity. The book provides a gamut of emotions - at times the main character is confused, grief-stricken, selfish and full of love. It is written in a style that takes a bit of getting used to - the author is a poet and it is apparent in his beautiful use of language but he moves back and forth from past to present often and the reader needs to really pay attention to his words.

Karin is 8 months pregnant when she passes out and Tom takes her to the hospital. After tests, the doctors determine that she has an acute type of leukemia and they need to deliver the baby as soon as possible. Tom spends his days overwhelmed with grief over Karin's illness and hoping for recovery and overwhelmed by the needs of his newborn baby. He never really has a chance to properly grieve because he has to be mother and father to the baby.

This is an interesting well-written story of life and death.

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Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina when she isn't traveling. She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with their family and friends. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on FacebookGoodreads,  or Twitter.
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