The Son by Michel Rostain

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This novel became a best seller in France after it won the “Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman” for it’s author. The novel deals with that most difficult of subjects, the loss of a beloved child and the impact on his family especially, his father. As in Alice Sebald’s “The Lovely Bones” the story is narrated by the dead child. In this case the child is a twenty one year old student, the only child of devoted, artistic parents. Though the author lost a child tragically young, he insists that this novel is not a straight recounting of the aftermath of this event, but rather “a blurring of memoir and fiction”.  The novel is stark in it’s honest depiction of overwhelming grief and it will resonate with any reader who has suffered the loss of someone dear.

The most harrowing section, for me, was the whole process of dealing with the…

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