In Every Moment We Are Still Alive
Author: Tom Malmquist
Summary: In this autobiographical novel, Swedish writer Tom Malmquist recalls the tragedy that radically changed his life. Karin, Malmquist's partner, was pregnant and healthy — until she wasn't. Karin became ill. The doctors were able to save her daughter, but not Karin. Just like that, Malmquist lost his partner, and became a father. Soon after, Malmquist's own father dies, leaving him adrift.
Why You'll Cry: Stories about tragedies are common in literature, but the relatively new autobiographical novel genre is an especially effective medium for tearing your heart out. We know the story is real, but it's fictionalized enough to make it realer – by not needing to stick to the exact, fact-checked truth, Malmquist can capture the truth of the experience.
Tissue Index (Out Of 5): 6