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A mother's letters to her tragically lost son, Aidt heart-wrenchingly, yet gorgeously, lets readers taste a true embodiment of grief. And yet, she adds beauty and hope in her ballad of loss. This book will remind you of the sheer power an author's voice can have on our normal, everyday lives. You will not regret the time spent reading this.
Kai— From When Death Takes Something From You Give It Back
Finalist for the 2019 Kirkus Prize in Nonfiction
Longlisted for the National Book Award for Translated Literature
Longlisted for the 2020 PEN Translation Award
An unflinchingly raw and lyrical exploration of a mother's grief and how it transforms her relationship to time, reality, and language.
In March 2015, Naja Marie Aidt's twenty-five-year-old son, Carl, died in a tragic accident. When Death Takes Something from You Give It Back chronicles the few first years after that devastating phone call. It is at once a sober account of life after losing a child and an exploration of the language of poetry, loss, and love. Intensely moving, When Death Takes Something from You Give It Back explores what it is to be a family, what it is to love and lose, and what it is to treasure life in spite of death's indomitable resolve.