In Every Moment We Are Still Alive

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 31 Mar 2018

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Unfortunately, I was not able to read this book because of issues downloading it.
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This was a personal read as our own daughter delivered twins during the time I was reading this.   I read with the perspective of the parents of Tom and Karin and my heart broke for all.  Once in a great while a book comes along I purchase even though I have been sent an advance copy.  This story of resilience and not just for the main characters is one of them.
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See note to publisher. The program wouldn't let me send this without a star rating...
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In Every Moment We Are Still Alive by Tom Malmquist is a heartbreaking memoir of love, loss, and grief.

I enjoyed reading this memoir. It is an intimate portrait of Tom’s life as he deals with the loss of his partner in life, Karin, days after the birth of their daughter, Livia. Parts of it were hard to read. It’s always difficult to read the passing of someone so young, especially when it happens so suddenly and dramatically. And to have a newborn infant on top of it is utterly heartbreaking. Livia will never know her mother, but Tom seems to step it up as a single parent in the midst of the devastation as best as he can.

The writing style was admittedly hard to get used to. There are no...

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This book was very good. I read it in 2 days. Love the Author. Only gets better. Run...to buy this book. Highly recommend!!!
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Tom Malmquist is a poet which becomes immediately apparent. There is not a word wasted nor does Malmquist waste any time in pulling readers into the pain that is to become Tom's life. From the moment the consultant stamps down the wheel lock of Karin's hospital bed in the opening sentence to the moment he leaves his daughter off a preschool alone for the first time, Malmquist makes readers feel every moment of the balancing act that Tom's life becomes in a moment.

Because the book is more memoir than work of fiction, the pain feels so much more palpable. It's hard to read the vivid details of Karin's rapid decline, the agony of her parents who are kept...

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Thanks to NetGalley, Melville House and Tom Malmquist for the opportunity to read and review this book.

This is a fictionalized autobiographical novel telling the story of Tom as he struggles with the grief of losing his partner. Karin is pregnant with their child when she is rushed to the doctor with breathing issues. Thinking it was pneumonia, Tom was shocked when they discovered she had leukemia. After an emergency C-section, Livia is born but Karin succumbs to her disease. This book tells of the time afterwards as Tom alternately struggles with his grief while trying to figure out how to be a single dad to Livia.

While the writing is beautiful which is no surprise seeing as Tom is...

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Heartbreaking from the first paragraph, we follow Tom as he struggles to come to terms, first with the seriousness of his partner Karin's sudden illness and quick decline, and the early birth of their daughter, Livia. Told in a reporter-like manner, those who have spent much time in hospitals with loved ones will recognize, and not judge, the numb reporting of the current status. Sometimes, it's the only way to make it through the emotional devastation as we try to take in what the doctors are saying, and translate it into what their words really mean.

After Karin succumbs, Tom is faced with the realization of what it will be like to raise their daughter alone, as a single...

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Tom's very pregnant girlfriend Karin takes a quick turn for the worse and they end up in the hospital. Tom must make medical decisions for both his dying girlfriend and his premature baby girl and live with the outcomes as they come.

This book has an editorial thing that drives me batty! It has no punctuation when it comes to dialogue and for me that makes it harder to read and overall a frustrating experience. I wish that there was a standard that all books had to have to allow for all people to have an easy reading experience.

Maybe because this book is set in Stockholm and I am not familiar with the culture there, but on almost every page I wanted to smack Tom. For being a...

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Pregnancy and childbirth are among the most intense experiences in life. Swedish author, Tom Malmquist, has written a fictional autobiography about his longtime partner of ten years, Karin, who becomes gravely ill, delivers their baby prematurely, and leaves Tom to deal with life as she fights for her life in a hospital bed.

The format of the book resembles what Tom's mind must have looked like in all those hours in the hospital and then at home. The story goes backward and forwards without quotation marks or often, paragraph brakes. The author is experiencing every worst nightmare scenario most people dread. In his path, Tom recalls moments when the couple first met, what Karen...

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DNF

Unfortunately I didn’t finish the book. I got to about 24% in and I couldn’t continue. I don’t give bad reviews lightly and I did want to continue reading to give the author credit for their work.

The format of the book was very off putting- no paragraphs, no chapters, no speech marks. I could overlook this however for the story. Yet the story didn’t grasp me.

The writing was very disjointed to me. Very to the point and 2D. For example a conversation with a nurse...

“Hi,come in, I should tell you right away that Karin is bleeding from her vagina after the C-section...”

I understand the complications from such a surgery but I’m positive that a nurse would be a little more...

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I just couldn't get into the book. I think it was the style it was written in, big long paragraphs with no quotes or line changes for dialogue. It made it difficult sometimes to tell who was talking. I also found some of the transitions choppy. It would be a little later in the story and I wouldn't get what was going on. I would look back to make sure I didn't skip something so I would know how the character got to the new point in the story, but it would turn out that I didn't miss something. Perhaps the final copy will have some ellipses or a page break or something that lets the reader know that time has passed. I wonder too, if perhaps some things were lost a little...

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I have had this book for a while now, but I've finally come to realize that it's just not going to happen. Given the subject matter I really wanted to delve into this one, but the writing felt very disjointed and jumpy. I feel like much of the content was lost in translation.
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Heartbreaking, thought-provoking and a tearjerker. The author's story drew me in immediately due to his attention to detail. It's one of those rare books that I wish would have continued and I'm hoping a sequel will follow so that I can keep up with this beautiful family.
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2 stars. I simply couldn't connect with this book.

I have much respect for the author, Tom Malmquist, for writing this fictionalized autobiography. I feel that writing his story would have been therapeutic and life changing for him to have documented everything he went through and experienced.

Unfortunately, as a reader, I couldn't immerse myself within the story. The writing lacked emotion for me - it was more "tell" than "feel". The story was 'matter of factly' told in an almost clinical way. I could sense Malmquist's desperation in his devastating situations, but not his emotion. The writing felt quite choppy and lacked quotations which I...

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4.5 Stars

”THE CONSULTANT STAMPS down the wheel lock of Karin’s hospital bed. In a loud voice he addresses the intensive care nurses, who are cutting open her tank top and sports bra: Pregnant woman, week thirty-three, child reportedly in good health, started feeling ill about five days ago with flu-like symptoms, fever, cough, slight shortness of breath yesterday which was put down to her pregnancy, condition severely deteriorating today, acute respiratory difficulties, arrived at the maternity unit about an hour ago. With powerful hands, he unscrews a cartridge-like bottle and continues: sats about seventy ambient but response to oxygen with higher saturation, RR about forty to fifty, BT...

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*****  I give this Book a Five Star Review.  I would recommend this Book.  Thanks NetGalley.
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I was so excited to read this book and I must say, it was beautifully written. Apparently, Tom Malmquist is an award-winning Swedish poet, and it shows. The level of detail that goes into describing a situation or setting in the book is extremely thorough. But, that said, I was a bit bogged down by all the medical details that I didn’t quite understand and I found myself getting lost and having to flip back several pages to discover when something happened that I must have missed as I read along.

But this book has so many amazing reviews, I must be missing something? Is it my cold-heartedness striking again? Because I don’t think I even felt slightly verklempt while I read the book. Sure...

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Three and a half stars.

Malmquist's fictionalized story of becoming a young widower with an infant is tragic and searing. The first third of the book has an immediacy that pulls the reader into the chaos, fear and helplessness of the hospital. The remainder of the book shifts between different time periods - sometimes a window into his life as a single dad while other portions are flashbacks to his life with his partner Karin. It may have been a printing issue unique to the ARC, but there were absolutely no chapters in this book and rarely any extra spacing or breaks between sections. This made reading the book choppy and confusing; I often had to reread several paragraphs after...

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