by Marie Darrieussecq
Published in 1999 by The New Press

An astonishing work of fiction from France’s “best young novelist” (The New Yorker), the internally acclaimed author of “Pig Tales.” The premise is simple: the narrator’s husband leaves to buy a loaf of bread and never returns. Like the classics By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept and Dear Diego, Marie Darrieussecq’s My Phantom Husband chronicles a woman’s poignant descent into madness brought on by the loss of a great love. Combining a poet’s exquisite metaphors with a painter’s mesmerizing visions, Darrieussecq astounds readers with her exceptional imagination and stylistic genius. Surreal yet universal in its understanding of grief, this haunting novel reminds us why the New York Times hailed this young author as “fascinating and original.”

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