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Lives Other Than My Own

(2011)
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From the acclaimed Emmanuel Carrere, an act of generous imagination that unflinchingly records devastating loss and, equally vividly, the wealth of human solace that follows in its wake

In Sri Lanka, a tsunami sweeps a child out to sea, her grand-father helpless against the onrushing water. In France, a young woman succumbs to illness, leaving her husband and small children bereft. Present at both events, Emmanuel Carrere sets out to tell the story of two families - shattered and ultimately restored. What he accomplishes is nothing short of a literary miracle: a heartrending narrative of endless love, a meditation on courage and decency in the face of adversity, an intimate and reverent look at the extraordinary beauty and nobility of ordinary lives.

Precise, sober, and suspenseful, as full of twists and turns as any novel, Lives Other Than My Own confronts terrifying catastrophes to illuminate the astonishing richness of human connection: a grandfather who thought he had found paradise - too soon - and now devotes himself to helping his neighbors rebuild their village; a husband so in love with his ailing wife that he carries her in his arms like a knight does his princess; and finally, Carrere himself, longtime chronicler of the tormented self, who unexpectedly finds consolation and even joy as he immerses himself in the lives of others.

    

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Hardback Editions

September 2011 : USA Hardback
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Title: Lives Other Than My Own: A Memoir
Author(s): Emmanuel Carrere
ISBN: 0-8050-9261-7 / 978-0-8050-9261-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
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Paperback Editions

September 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Lives Other Than My Own: A Memoir
Author(s): Emmanuel Carrere
ISBN: 1-250-01377-1 / 978-1-250-01377-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Kindle Editions

September 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Lives Other Than My Own: A Memoir
Author(s): Emmanuel Carrere
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
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