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Tom Malmquist

Tom Malmquist (b. 1978) is the author of In Every Moment We Are Still Alive, the bestselling novel that took the literary world by storm, and redefined what it means to write about love, longing and loss. A highly acclaimed poet, Malmquist had already been published twice before his first work of prose reached the reading audience and critics. Hailed as a “furiously beautiful” masterpiece by the press, In Every Moment We Are Still Alive became the recipient of several of Sweden’s most prestigious literary awards.

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‘In Every Moment We Are Still Alive’ an Amazon Best Book of the Month

Tom Malmquist’s heart-rending In Every Moment We are Still Alive has been chosen by Amazon as a Best Books of the Month title in the category Literature and Fiction. In Every Moment We are Still Alive was published in the US at the end of January.

‘In Every Moment We Are Still Alive’ a New York Times Recommended Title

The New York Times Book Review has chosen Tom Malmquist’s In Every Moment We Are Still Alive as one of their 12 New Books We Recommend This Week. Lauding In Every Moment We Are Still Alive as “harrowing” and a “searing autobiographical novel,” the list quotes The New York Times’ Katie Kitamura’s rave review of the novel:

“This is narrative as raw material [...] A novel about permeability, ‘In Every Moment We Are Still Alive’ captures the jumbled sensory experience of being profoundly, catastrophically overwhelmed. … It’s clear that Malmquist is explicitly interested in what can’t be contained, what continues to trouble.”

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‘In Every Moment We Are Still Alive’ a Financial Times Best Books of 2017 title

Tom Malmquist’s In Every Moment We Are Still Alive has been chosen by Financial Times as one of the Best Books of 2017 in the translated fiction category. The UK-based international daily newspaper writes the following about the novel:

“Urgent, heartbreaking and life-affirming, this autobiographical novel about grief and parenting probes the boundaries between life and writing.”

‘In Every Moment We Are Still Alive’ a January 2018 Top Ten title in Canada

Tom Malmquist’s haunting and powerful In Every Moment We Are Still Alive has been voted a Loan Stars January 2018 Top Ten title by library staff all across Canada. The Loan Stars Top Ten list is a curated list of the titles that will be published that month, carefully selected by library staff who wish to share their top picks with readers.

‘In Every Moment We Are Still Alive’ among El País’ top nine books of the decade

Tom Malmquist’s award-winning and acclaimed In Every Moment We Are Still Alive has been chosen by El País, the most circulated newspaper in Spain, as one of this past decade’s nine best novels about life and death. In Every Moment We Are Still Alive was published in Spain last week.

‘In Every Moment We Are Still Alive’ chosen as an Indies Introduce title

Tom Malmquist’s In Every Moment We Are Still Alive has been chosen as an American Booksellers Association Indies Introduce title in the US. Indies Introduce is a program created to promote debut authors at independent bookstores in America. Each season a panel of booksellers reads debut works submitted to them by publishers, and choose ten titles for the special honor of being included on their list of recommended titles. In Every Moment We Are Still Alive has been chosen for the Winter / Spring 2018 list. Below are two blurbs by panel members.

“Malmquist’s writing style is unlike any I’ve recently experienced. He captures the ordinariness of daily life and of systems—medical, government—and the mundane choices we must make as citizens of these worlds. His ear for dialogue, be it in sterile hospital quarters or with family and friends, makes you feel present and privileged to be part of the conversation.”
-Janine De Boisblanc, Orinda Books (Orinda, CA)

“Tom’s girlfriend, Karin, is his soulmate. They are in love and about to start a family, but the birth of their daughter, Livia, reveals a terrible truth: Karin has leukemia. As Tom is left to mourn her death and raise their daughter on his own, he wavers between rage and depression and struggles with the challenges of his new life. This remarkable, partially biographical debut novel will make your heart ache with empathy, then send your spirit soaring with hope. It’s sad, funny, devastating, and encouraging, all in one package. Readers who appreciate real, accessible characters and those who may be struggling with questions thrown at them by life’s unexpected turmoil will love the chance to embrace this novel. Book clubs are urged to not overlook a chance for serious discussion on the topic of untimely death, responsibility fulfilled, and hope for the future.”
-Linda Bond, Auntie’s Bookstore (Spokane, WA)

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New Author - Tom Malmquist

Tom Malmquist (b. 1978) is the author of In Every Moment We Are Still Alive, the bestselling novel that took the literary world by storm, and redefined what it means to write about love, longing and loss. A highly acclaimed poet, Malmquist had already been published twice before his first work of prose reached the reading audience and critics. Hailed as a “furiously beautiful” masterpiece by the press, In Every Moment We Are Still Alive became the recipient of several of Sweden’s most prestigious literary awards.