(In Every Wave)
72 pages | Janvier 2017 | Couverture : Deb Schwedhelm
Told by a man who loses his daughter while swimming one summer, Marée montante is the story of how he will find her again, on earth or thousands of miles underwater.
It’s about a man driven by the will to take the time to say goodbye, like a father who stays by the bed with his child long after the light has been switched off. And when he finds his daughter, he will not let her go.
A little gem of a book, sad yet beautiful and enchanting, a lesson in finding happiness through loss, and an ode to the pleasure of letting yourself be swept away by the fond memories of a time gone by.
‘A new literary voice of remarkable density.’
‘A first novel, filled with tenderness, infinite sadness, and absolute beauty.’
‘There is a certain poetry and beauty in Marée montante, despite the infinite sadness that inhabits it […] The story succeeds in examining the worst of all agonies, with humility and empathy, while facing them head on. It takes skill to tackle such a subject without becoming melodramatic, and Quimper rises to the challenge.’
★★★★★, Foreword Reviews
‘Piercing and compact, Charles Quimper’s novella In Every Wave follows a grief-consumed father through a vortex of regret and fragmented fantasies. Here, sorrow is an ocean, and lost possibilities lurk behind every swell […] Every phrase is a foghorn, and every utterance rasps. Almost too tender to touch…’
World Literature Today
‘a picture of tenderness and a true-to-life image of the gaping hole left in the heart by loss’
Montreal Review of Books
‘Quimper’s sparse plotting and reliance on representing the emotional landscape of grief creates a dream-like effect in which time seems to stand still.’