I Wish I Wish

Author(s): VanDenBerg Zirk

Contemporary Fiction

As a mortician, Seb has mastered the art of making the dead resemble the living. He’s embalmed countless corpses, unpacked organs, reset bones and made up pallid faces for their final viewing. If he’s honest, he prefers the company of the deceased – no surprises and nobody to witness his inadequacy. But they don’t make for great work stories – nothing for his teenage children to look up to or to attract the waning interest of his wife. It looks like another humdrum day at White Lily Funerals when Seb meets Gabe, a dying boy unusually interested in caskets, who forces the mortician to rearrange the pieces of his life and shows him that magic doesn’t have to be just a wish.  A darkly comic tale with a tender heart, I Wish, I Wish was awarded the prestigious WA Hofmeyr Prize and the KykNET-Rapport awards for fiction and best filmable book. “Even though half the characters are on Seb’s slab or already in a coffin, this beautifully written novel is a sharp-eyed, unsentimental tribute to the power of hope.” – Stephen Stratford  “A magical moment.” – Gigi Fenster    


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General Fields

  • : 9781988595283
  • : The Cuba Press
  • : The Cuba Press
  • : October 2020
  • : 18.00 cmmm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : VanDenBerg Zirk
  • : paperback
  • : en
  • : very good
  • : F