Laure Baudot’s This One Because of the Dead is a collection of stories about the power of what goes unsaid – of the truths people keep hidden from each other, which guide their relationships and their decisions in unexpected ways.
A former ballet dancer and her boyfriend who is about to scale Mt. Everest struggle with the contradictions between what they want from life and what they need from each other.
A man on a business trip in Tokyo navigates culture shock as well as the muddy waters of life back home.
An ex-babysitter, called to testify against one of her former clients, recalls her own complicated history with him.
“What a pleasure to discover the perceptive and intelligent short stories of Laure Baudot. With affectionate, precise detail, she writes about flawed characters –- of different ages at different stages in different settings -- whose relationships are out of alignment for such a variety of reasons that no story resembles another and yet the collection holds together beautifully. Truly engaging.”
"Laure Baudot's prose is exquisite, patient, and sophisticated."
"Baudot's straightforward prose paints a candid picture of the pivotal moments in her characters' lives."
"Laure Baudot's moving stories have you simultaneously looking in the rear-view mirror and white-knuckling the arm rest while the narrative races down twisting roads, the moral speedometer tracking wildly between zero and 100."
"A fierce, bright new voice. Baudot's stories tackle the treachery of self-deception with a cruel, contemporary panache."