This One Because of the Dead
by Laure Baudot
Format: Trade Paperback
Size: 5.125" x 7.625"
FIC019000 FICTION / Literary
FIC029000 FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
Laure Baudot’s This One Because of the Dead is a collection of stories about the power of what goes unsaid – of the truths people keep hidden from each other, which guide their relationships and their decisions in unexpected ways.
A former ballet dancer and her boyfriend who is about to scale Mt. Everest struggle with the contradictions between what they want from life and what they need from each other.
A man on a business trip in Tokyo navigates culture shock as well as the muddy waters of life back home.
An ex-babysitter, called to testify against one of her former clients, recalls her own complicated history with him.
Publication Date: April 27, 2019
“Each story is charged by the power of things left unsaid — between partners, parents and children, friends, even bosses. Power dynamics, family tribulations, and the quest for self-discovery play prominent roles, and Baudot’s straightforward prose paints a candid picture of the pivotal moments in her characters’ lives.”
— Quill & Quire
“What a pleasure to discover the perceptive and intelligent stories of Laure Baudot.”
— Isabel Huggin, author of Belonging
“Laure Baudot's prose is exquisite, patient, and sophisticated.”
— Sarah Selecky, author of This Cake is for the Party
“A fierce, bright new voice. Baudot's stories tackle the treachery of self-deception with a cruel, contemporary panache.”
— Susan Swan, author of The Dead Celebrities Club and The Western Light
“Laure Baudot's moving stories have you simultaneously looking in the rear-view mirror and white-knuckling the arm rest, while the narrative races down twisting roads, the moral speedometer tracking wildly between zero and 100.”
— Margaret Webb, author of Older, Faster, Stronger
“I remember the first time I attended a reading by Jessica Westhead. Socks were knocked off, heads were laughed off, and guts were busted. She was that good. With the brilliant Things Not To Do, she’s back plumbing the depths of our neuroses and uncovering wise truths about the weird world around us. I’m in awe of Jessica and a huge fan of her work.”
— Neil Smith, author of Boo