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  • [A Death in the Family] should be read for its blazing account of a feared father set on self-destruction, the boredom and bewilderment of adolescence, and its flashes of sheet brilliance

    Catherine Taylor, i
  • A masterpiece... Meticulously detailed, harrowing, oddly beautiful, its depiction of a family’s disintegration is one of the most powerful pieces of writing I’ve read in years

    Observer, Books of the Year
  • The best book I read this year...full of artistic, moral and technical daring

    Guardian, Books of the Year
  • Intense and vital...ceaselessly compelling...superb

    New Yorker
  • This suburban epic, electrifying in candour and eloquence, feels streets ahead of the comparable Jonathan Franzen

    Independent, Books of the Year
  • Incredibly moving

    Irish Times, Books of the Year
  • "A scorchingly honest, unflinchingly frank, hyperreal memoir of the life of one man and his family"

  • "This first instalment of an epic quest should restore jaded readers to life"

  • "As tense as any thriller yet without a jot of sensationalism"

  • "Readers will be captured by Karl Ove’s narrative intensity"

    Times Literary Supplement

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