In a 24-hour whirlwind of death and life, Simon and Claire’s lives will be fatefully joined, in Maylis de Kerangal’s extraordinary story. Translated by Jessica Moore.

Early one blustery day near Le Havre, three teenagers head down to the sea together to go surfing. Their lives will never be the same again. A terrible accident leaves two of them relatively unscathed, but Simon ends up in a coma and on life-support. Meanwhile, in Paris, Claire Mejan is desperately waiting for the news that could save her life. Suffering from myocarditis, a heart transplant is her only chance for survival.

The Man Booker International Prize 2016
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Maylis de Kerangal

Maylis de Kerangal

About the Author

Maylis de Kerangal is the multi-award-winning author of several novels and short stories.
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Jessica Moore

Jessica Moore

About the Translator

Jessica Moore is a poet, translator and author. She is also a singer-songwriter, who plays banjo, piano, guitar, and body-percussion.
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