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The Iceberg

A Memoir

The Iceberg by Marion Coutts
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In 2008 the art critic Tom Lubbock was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The tumor was located in the area controlling speech and language, and would eventually rob him of the ability to speak. He died early in 2011. Marion Coutts was his wife. In short bursts of beautiful, textured prose, Coutts describes the 18 months leading up to her partner's death. This book is an account of a family unit, man, woman, young child, under assault, and how the three of them fought to keep it intact. Written with extraordinary narrative force and power, The Iceberg is almost shocking in its rawness. It charts the deterioration of Tom's speech even as it records the developing language of his child. Fury, selfishness, grief, indignity, and impotence are all examined and brought to light. Yet out of this comes a rare story about belonging, an "adventure of being and dying." This book is a celebration of each other, friends, family, art, work, love, and language.
Atlantic Books; July 2014
240 pages; ISBN 9781782393511
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Title: The Iceberg
Author: Marion Coutts
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