Author: Tea Tulić
Hair Everywhere is the story of one family and how they manage to cope when the mother is diagnosed with cancer. It is a delicate tale that balances itself between the generations, revealing their strengths and weaknesses in times of trouble. It is also a story about how roles within a family can change when things become challenging, due to sickness or death, allowing some to grow and others to fade. Ultimately, this is a book about life; full of humour and absurdity as well as sadness, and set against an everyday background where the ordinary takes on new significance and colour. Tea Tulic’s debut novel is a brave glance at the human condition.
'. . . Tulić’s prose possesses a sensory vibrancy; her descriptions are full of colors, textures, and smells. At times there is a playful absurdity in the language, and the author slyly deploys double entendres to good effect. Indeed, it is with absurdity, perhaps, that we are best equipped to explore the seeming incongruity between our prosaic, daily routines and a phenomenon as profound as death."
Lori Feathers, World Literature Today
Neither imagination nor inspiration is what makes good literature; it is empathy, an eye for detail, rhythm (style) and, possibly, a trauma. All of these elements permeate Hair Everywhere, an elegant book which touches the mind and the heart.
Daša Drndić, author of Trieste, (MacLehose Press, 2013)
As the fragments gleam with images and insights, Tulić guarantees her story the vitality of fiction rather than allowing the prose to dwindle into maudlin memoir. Indeed, cumulatively, these short, tender sentences deliver something of a benediction, a gentle laying on of hands, to remind us all we’re human.
J.A.Hopkin, Riveting Reviews
In what could have been a grueling, tragic account of cancer, Hair Everywhere achieves something more difficult: tenderness without pity. Tulić’s use of autofiction is neither egocentric nor exploitative of her experiences, but does precisely what a novel should do—it reveals something about our common humanity. She mines her own family history with a startling and mature emotional intelligence, producing an unblinking and largehearted collection of observations—on family, on women, and on growing up.
Hannah Weber, Necessary Fiction
What a remarkable piece of writing – funny, poignant, with “every word doing its job”...
Beata Bishop, Writer, Lecturer and Cancer Survivor
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