Lives Other Than My Own

Lives Other Than My Own

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Baker & Taylor
Story of lives racked by tragedy and redeemed by love.

McMillan Palgrave

From the acclaimed Emmanuel Carrère, an act of generous imagination that unflinchingly records devastating loss and, equally vividly, the wealth of human solace that follows in its wake

In Sri Lanka, a tsunami sweeps a child out to sea, her grand-father helpless against the onrushing water. In France, a young woman succumbs to illness, leaving her husband and small children bereft. Present at both events, Emmanuel Carrère sets out to tell the story of two families—shattered and ultimately restored. What he accomplishes is nothing short of a literary miracle: a heartrending narrative of endless love, a meditation on courage and decency in the face of adversity, an intimate and reverent look at the extraordinary beauty and nobility of ordinary lives.

Precise, sober, and suspenseful, as full of twists and turns as any novel, Lives Other Than My Own confronts terrifying catastrophes to illuminate the astonishing richness of human connection: a grandfather who thought he had found paradise—too soon—and now devotes himself to helping his neighbors rebuild their village; a husband so in love with his ailing wife that he carries her in his arms like a knight does his princess; and finally, Carrère himself, longtime chronicler of the tormented self, who unexpectedly finds consolation and even joy as he immerses himself in the lives of others.

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The award-winning author of The Adversary describes his witness to two tragedies including the loss of a Sri Lanka child during a tsunami and the fatal illness of a much-loved young wife and mother, losses that inspired both families and the author to engage in acts of service to others. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Co., 2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780805092615
Branch Call Number: Fiction Carrere
Characteristics: 243 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Coverdale, Linda


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cmaigret Sep 18, 2012

One of the best books I have read this year. I read it for my French book club in the original French. I was blown away by the writing, honest, sincere, and how the characters of this true story are presented, truthfully, with flaws and all. A great book, a heart wrenching story of two families dealing with loss and hope. A must read.


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