Michel Rostain lives in Arles. Born in 1942, he works as an opera stage director, and directed the National Theatre of Quimper from 1995 to 2008.
Author photo © Michel Rostain
Winner of the Prix Goncourt for Debut Fiction in 2011. A story of grief as a father mourns his 21-year old son who died of a particularly virulent form of meningitis. The extraordinary slant to this uplifting tale is that it is all seen from the point of view of the dead son. This is a magnificent book for it is the result of a father working through his very real grief and celebrating the life of his beloved boy, rejoicing in shared, precious moments; a phone call, a lunch, a visit to the opera. As the story is told by the son it doesn’t seem so tragic, there is lots of humour but at the end of the day, in the back of your mind, is the fact that Mr Rostain’s son died. It is an impressive work. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Son a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'I have read a lot of books this year, but this is the one that will stay with me.' - Angie Rhodes. Scroll down to read more reviews.