‘We hurried one of dad’s lungs,’ announces the narrator of The Tenderness of Stones. The lung is so large it takes three man to carry it – and that is just the beginning. The family looks on as, under the dispassionate orders of white-clad strangers, their father is disassembled, piece by piece. Beneath it all is one devastating truth: Soo, he will be gone entirely.
In this startling, gorgeously drawn fable Marion Fayolle offers a vision of family, illness, and grief that is by turns playful and profound, literal and lyrical.