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Beside the Sea Mass Market Paperback – 13 Jan 2010

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 121 pages
  • Publisher: Peirene Press Ltd (13 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956284027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956284020
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 1 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This story tears your heart apart ... Véronique Olmi, thank you for this marvelous novel." --Journal du Dimanche

"A short novel full of wisdom and sadness. If you forget this book, you haven't read it."
--Süddeutsche Zeitung

"The most intense female narrative I've come across
in years. A powerful tale of human frailty, like
Beckett's Not I, it unlocks you from the inside."

--Lisa Dwan, actress

This is a mesmerising portrait ... it should be read. --Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian

With the skill of a thriller writer, the mother-narrator propels you forward and as, the awful climax approaches, compels you to profoundly question your own life and relationships.
--Rosie Goldsmith, BBC

"This short novel has the trajectory of a classic tragedy with its taut time-span and sense of inevitability ... The closing pages are heart-stopping and heartbreaking, yet one finishes this sad tale not depressed but uplifted by its ability to enlarge the reader's sympathies."
--Chris Schuler, The Independent

"prose ... filled with sad poetic sense and blunt, bleak realities, compellingly conveyed in Hunter's colloquial English. "
-- TLS

From the Publisher

Why Peirene chose to publish this book:
"This is the most impressive novel about the mother and child relationship I have read. Véronique Olmi handles an aspect of motherhood that we all too often deny. She depicts a woman's fear of releasing her children into the world. The simple first person narrative achieves an extraordinary level of poetry and inner truth." Meike Ziervogel (publisher)

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