“A memoir quite unlike any other. It has the strength of an arrow: taut, spiked, quavering, working to its fatal conclusion . . . an extraordinary story told in an extraordinary way.”Sunday Times
978-0-8021-2460-9 • $16.00 • Paperback • Feb. 2016
“A fierce love letter-cum-elegy . . . This is far more than just another book about grief.”Marina Warner, Observer
“The most heartbreaking memoir of the year.” Independent on Sunday
Winner of the Welcome Book Prize and finalist for every major nonfiction award in the UK, including the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Costa Award, The Iceberg is artist and writer Marion Coutts’s astonishing memoir; an “adventure of being and dying” and a compelling, poetic meditation on family, love, and language.
In 2008, Tom Lubbock, the chief art critic for the Independent, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The Iceberg is his wife, Marion Coutts’s, fierce, exquisite account of the two years leading up to his death. Alongside their two-year-old son, Evwhose language is developing as Tom’s is disappearingMarion and Tom lovingly weather the storm together. In short bursts of beautifully textured prose, The Iceberg becomes a singular work of art and an uplifting and universal story of endurance in the face of loss.