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“Thierry Cohen offers, in a style both fluid and poignant, an original lesson on the fragility of human experience, on the painful choices we must make regarding the mysteries of life on Earth and beyond. The story is told with gripping suspense that keeps you reading.” – Tatiana de Rosnay, author of Sarah’s Key

About the Author

Born in Casablanca, Morocco, Thierry Cohen moved to France at the age of two, as part of a family with five children. After a dramatic childhood, he found comfort in reading books ― particularly the works of Americans such as John Fante, Ernest Hemingway, and Philip Roth ― and eventually became a writer himself. He penned Still with Me following the suicide of his best friend, in hopes of healing his own pain and helping others who may be considering suicide. In 2007, the book won France’s Grand Prix Jean d’Ormesson. Today, Cohen lives in Lyon with his wife and four children.

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  • File Size: 313 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611097169
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossingEnglish (December 11, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 11, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008PHF7YO
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Born in Casablanca, Morocco, Thierry Cohen moved to France at the age of two in a family with five children. After a dramatic childhood, he found comfort reading books. He discovered literature, particularly American, for its diversity and richness (Hemingway, Steinbeck, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Jack Kerouac, John Fante, Norman Mailer, Jim Harrison, Philip Roth, etc.). He began writing without telling a soul, just for the pleasure of putting his emotions into words. He wrote I'd Rather Have Lived following the suicide of his best friend, in order to exorcise the pain, to tell others the story of his friend's decision so they'd avoid making it themselves. He never considered it might be published.

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95 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Leah on November 23, 2012
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EDIT: The premise of this book spoke to me: author Thierry Cohen wrote this novel based on his own experience with his friend's suicide. This novel is about a man named Jeremy tries to take his life after his childhood friend, Victoria, rejects his declaration of love. But he does not expect to wake up next to Victoria after, who returns his love. Nor does he realize that he has set off a chain of unexpected events.

STILL WITH ME is a novel which tries to explore the cause and effect of suicide. The writing is beautiful. I was able to picture all of the events and people. Jeremy's journey to understanding was engaging, yet I found myself relating more to Victoria. She was the most realized character.

However, it pushes the belief that people who try to commit or do commit suicide are just selfish. This is my biggest problem with the book. I have two family members--one tried to commit suicide, the other did. They were not trying to "stick it" to anyone. An author can work their personal beliefs into fiction, but I could not buy into the novel's notion that suicide is used as a form of revenge against someone.

This novel did not sit well with me. If only it had handled suicide, a topic many people don't like to talk about, differently. I would recommend the book to a select audience.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Shilom VINE VOICE on January 10, 2013
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On Jeremy's 20th birthday, he confesses his love to his childhood best friend, Victoria, and she rejects him. Not only does she reject him, she introduces him to her fiancé. Feeling that his life is not worth living any longer and cursing God for sparing him no sympathy, Jeremy washes down handfuls of pills with alcohol and commits suicide.

Surprisingly, Jeremy finds himself awakening one year later on his birthday with no memory of what happened between what he soon discovers was a suicide attempt and not success. He is living with Victoria in her apartment and discovers that after his attempt she arrived at his apartment to confess her love back, finding him instead. She then nursed him back to health and won his heart back over before the two moved on together. Jeremy and Victoria are both concerned that he remembers none of this, and she takes him to a hospital to be examined.

At the end of each birthday, he feels himself dying again, yet he's never sure when he'll reappear, as he soon discovers it isn't every birthday that he shows up. In the meanwhile, his doppelganger is making a mess of his life, and Jeremy has no control over this other "him", except on the occasional birthday when he's so lucky to pop in. For him, mere days pass as he goes to sleep each night and awakens somewhere in time years ahead from when he fell asleep. Is this hell? To finally get the girl of his dreams and live a lifetime with her in mere days?

A must read, very original storyline, and thought provoking even if a bit towards the religious side; However understandable given the subject matter of suicide. Fast, easy read, I couldn't put it down.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Live2Cruise VINE VOICE on January 5, 2013
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This novel was written by the author after his best friend committed suicide. It begins with the (attempted? completed?) suicide, on his birthday, of a young Jeremy, who has been spurned by Victoria, the woman he loves. Instead of dying, however, Jeremy wakes on his birthday a year later to find that he and Victoria are happily in love; however, he has no memory of anything since his suicide attempt.

With each chapter, Jeremy wakes on another birthday, to find his life irrevocably altered each time. He feels more and more out of control as his life deteriorates, unable to figure out what is happening as his reprehensible, but unremembered, behavior between birthdays destroys his entire life. He struggles to understand whether he is really alive or in hell.

The novel is, of course, an exploration of the aftermath of a suicide. The tone of the novel suggests that suicide is a selfish choice that is made without thought to others. In the punitive aftermath of Jeremy's choice, one can't help but wonder whether the novel is the author's way of working through some of his anger at his best friend. Which would be completely understandable, but it limits the story. Rather than exploring the multifaceted and complex issues around suicide, it feels boiled down too simply to a selfish, impulsive choice that occurs because the person doesn't think about those around them. Of course, suicide is not that simple.

Another unfortunate result of this tone is that Jeremy comes across as a rather unsympathetic character. We get glimpses of the "real Jeremy" on his birthday as each chapter begins, and these are presented in stark contrast to the everyday Jeremy who apparently hurts everyone around him.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By subtlepen on March 18, 2013
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if clinging to your faith out of guilt alone is how you operate in your daily life, you will feel right at home reading this story.

while the story is technically (grammatically) well written, and the premise as relayed in the blurb is novel and interesting, this book is at its heart a 19th-century-style almost gothic morality tale. the story begins innocently, if blandly, enough with the unrequited-love suicide of Jeremy, our lead character. on the anniversary of his suicide (his birthday), he "wakes up" for a few hours to discover he is actually still alive, but has no memory of the time lapsed since his suicide. he has married his unrequited love (who had been engaged to someone else until Jeremy humiliated himself by declaring his love), abandoned his former passion for art and become a salesman, and is otherwise unrecognizable to himself.

there is very little physical observation sufficient to engage and anchor the reader beyond a superficial level. i found it extremely difficult to connect with this character, hard to care about what happened to him, until his third waking birthday when the story finally called out to my maternal instincts. However, this is the same point in the story when i began to fear that the subtle religious undertones were becoming glaring overtones. while i was finally beginning to care for the characters, i was dreading the plot twist being foreshadowed. instead of Jeremy, our lead character has become a petty, vengeful, spiteful old testament god, bent on punishing Jeremy for his mental illness (evidenced by his suicide) by ruining the lives of everyone around him and forcing him to watch from within the cage of his erratic amnesia and wakefulness.
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