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.
"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."
"Laure Baudot's prose is exquisite, patient, and sophisticated."
“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.”