The Son


How did I get it?:
I bought it!


We first meet Michel eleven days after the death of his son Lion. Lion was lost, suddenly, to a virulent strain of meningitis and it’s left his father and entire family reeling. We join Michel on his personal journey through grief, but the twist that makes the journey truly remarkable, and tips this true story into fiction, is the fact that we see it all through Lion’s eyes.


I pre-ordered all of the Waterstones 11 books for 2013 from debut authors, without reading what they were about. I wanted to go into reading them with open eyes.

The Son is an incredibly emotional read. It’s a short story, but not one that is enjoyable or comfortable to read. It’s about a subject that no parent wants to experience. The death of their child. It is such a well written book and I would say that it’s an important book for those dealing with a bereavement.

By telling it from Lion’s (Michel’s son) voice it doesn’t come across as too sentimental. The grief is clearly expressed, but Michel uses his son’s voice to express the regrets he had as Lion was dying. Michel documents the death and the preparations for the funeral. I found myself feeling very moved by the writing. It just felt so raw and honest. I really respect Michel Rostain for documenting the journey of grief in this way. I’m sure he’s helped many individuals suffering from the loss of a loved one.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!- I thoroughly recommend this book. It’s not an easy to read or a light read full of fluff. It’s a true, raw, beautiful read.

Reading next:
Another Little Piece- Kate Karyus Quinn