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From the PublisherPRAISE FOR SMALL LIVES
"Rarely have I encountered a writer whose work felt so rewarding upon a first reading. . . . Reading Small Lives, I felt profoundly that Michon was carrying on the mark of a true writer: one who speaks in his own voice while conveying with all its immediacy and flesh-and-blood possiblity of what it means to be human."
—Richard Kalich, The Review of Contemporary Fiction
"In Small Lives by French author Pierre Michon, not only are we aware that we are reading great literature, but we have the privilege to accompany him on this journey in which he discovers the voice and style that make this an outstanding work of depth, substance and originality."
—Monica Carter, Three Percent
"The emotion, the forceful claims of the imagery, the painting of the starry night: Mr. Michon achieves what other writers wouldn't try, licensed as he is by keen regret and transfigured loss. More than other writers, Mr. Michon misses the poetry of the past, and in missing it he possesses it."
"Michon's prose tends to slow down in order to oblige you to hear its rhythms and also to see and touch and smell what is happening beneath it."
—Roger Shattuck, Harper's
"In the flow of Michon's meditations and narratives, the visionary becomes the actual, and the actual becomes the visionary."
"One of the best-kept secrets in of modern French prose."
"An astonishingly rich, mythic new direction in modern French narrative."