Waterstones Eleven 2013

January 13, 2013

We at Headline are delighted that Michel Rostain’s THE SON has been selected for the Waterstones Eleven list as one of the most promising fiction debuts of the year.

Tinder Press is publishing THE SON May of this year. A debut novel from author Michel Rostain, it won France’s prestigious Prix Goncourt in 2011. We are very proud to be publishing this remarkable novel, and that it is joining Headline bestsellers WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT and THE SNOW CHILD (which were selected for the list in 2011 and 2012 respectively) in being a Waterstones Eleven pick.

The other titles selected for Waterstones 11 are: Y by Marjorie Celona; THE FIELDS by Kevin Maher; GHANA MUST GO by Taiye Selasi; IDIOPATHY by Sam Byers; THE SPINNING HEART by Donal Ryan; BALLISTICS by DW Wilson; BURIAL RITES by Hannah Kent; MARRIAGE MATERIAL by Sathnam Sanghera and PIG’S FOOT by Carlos Acosta.

Here’s a bit more about THE SON:

We first meet Michel eleven days after the death of his son. Aged just twenty-one, Lion was struck down by a virulent strain of meningitis – it was sudden and brutal and it’s left his family reeling. We join Michel as he navigates his way through his grief – a journey that proves messy, revelatory, even comic. What makes it truly remarkable, though, is the fact that we see it not through Michel’s eyes, but through those of his dead son.

In a stunningly original blurring of memoir and fiction, THE SON tackles that very hardest of subjects – the death of a child – in the most accessible of ways. Michel Rostain’s story could have been unbearably, unreadably sad, but it refuses to be; instead it sings with wit, wisdom and vitality. For this is the real secret of THE SON: it is not a book about death; it is very much a book about life.

Find out more about the Waterstones Eleven list here.


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