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The Son by Michel Rostain

The Son

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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.

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The Son by Michel Rostain

Selected for the Waterstones Eleven list for 2013. We first meet Michel eleven days after the death of his son Lion. Lion was lost, suddenly, to a virulent strain of meningitis and it's left his father and entire family reeling. We join Michel on his personal journey through grief, but the twist that makes the journey truly remarkable, and tips this true story into fiction, is the fact that we see it all through Lion's eyes. In a stunningly original blurring of memoir and fiction, THE SON tackles the very hardest of subjects in the most readable of ways. Michel Rostain resolutely ducks away from sentimentality and pathos, and tells his story instead with wit, wisdom and vitality. For this is not a book about death; it's a book about life.


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Angie Rhodes - Want to read a good, book, that has passion, tears, love, and laughter? A book that can help, you cope with loss? or a book, to give you that warm feeling? Well The Son is that book, I have read a lot of books this year, but this is the one that will stay with me.' Click here to read the full review.

Praise for Michel Rostain:

'An original slant on the issues of grief and survival. Unusual, painful and intelligent writing' -- Susan Fletcher

About the Author

Michel Rostain

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.

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Publication date

30th January 2014


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Tinder Press an imprint of Headline Publishing Group


208 pages


Family Drama
Biography / Autobiography
Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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