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July 24, 2016



After 5 months in a coma, Elsa’s family think she’s gone.

Elsa has been in a coma for five months. With all hope of reviving her gone, her family must face the devastating fact that it might be time to turn off her life support…They are unaware that in the past few weeks Elsa has regained partial consciousness; she knows where she is and can hear everyone talking around her bed, but she has no way of telling them.
Thibault is in the same hospital visiting his brother, a drunk driver recovering form a crash which killed two teenage girls. His emotions are in turmoil and, needing a retreat, he finds his way into Elsa’s room. Seeing her lying there so peacefully, he finds it hard to believe she is not just sleeping.  And when he talks to her, he can’t help feeling that she can hear his every word…
With his world outside her room in chaos, Thibault begins to take refuge with Elsa regularly.
Elsa is overjoyed. Finally someone who speaks to her as if she is a real live person. Who brings colour  to her drab existence.  And gives her something to wake up for.
And so begins a love story that might just save both their lives. ..
I’m Still Here is Clelie Avit’s first novel to be translated into English. She is bursting with flair to tell a heart-felt story. Clelie is a real credit to Hodder & Stoughton and to her readers. I know I’m in a coma because I’ve heard them talking about it. I started hearing again six weeks ago, if my calculations are correct. Six weeks I’ve been awake. Six weeks and nobody’s noticed yet. After being buried under snow, Elsa is air lifted to hospital where she is put on life support. She can hear everyone talking to her. Thibault is in the same hospital visiting his brother who was drunk at the wheel and killed two teenage girls. Thibault thinks that it should be his brother in a coma and not this pretty young girl Elsa. Thibault takes time to just come and sit beside Elsa’ hospital bed side and talk to her. I’m Still Here, is the most beautiful read, for any readers book-case.


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