FlatIron Books, February 2017
Every night, Marc Laurent, an American taken hostage in Pakistan, is bound and blindfolded. And every night, a woman he knows only as Josephine visits his cell. At first, her questions are mercenary: is there anyone back home who will pay the ransom? But when Marc can offer no name, she asks him a question about his daughter that is even more terrifying than his captivity. And so begins a strange yet increasingly comforting ritual, in which Josephine and Marc tell each other stories.
As these stories build upon one another, a father and daughter start to find their way toward understanding each other again.
“Like Tim O’Brien’s Going After Cacciato, All That’s Left to Tell celebrates not just the power of storytelling but the deeply human need for it in even the most dire situations. Alternately gripping and dreamy, Daniel Lowe’s debut imagines what the stories we tell reveal about ourselves, and how they may save us.”
—Stewart O’Nan, author of West of Sunset
“An utterly engrossing novel about the universal need to tell stories in order to survive, to remember, and to be remembered.”
—Laila Lalami, author of The Moor’s Account
“Through carefully crafted story telling and an expert’s ear for dialogue, Daniel Lowe delivers an outstanding debut. The plot of All That's Left to Tell is satisfyingly ripped from recent headlines and takes the reader on a dizzying, dream-state of a ride as Lowe unspools the storyline to stunning effect.”
—Christopher Scotton, author of The Secret Wisdom of the Earth
“All That’s Left To Tell took me completely by surprise. This moving, imaginative, intricate novel is written in a voice so sure and so deft that it’s hard to believe that it’s Daniel Lowe’s first. If you value the power of story, the cathartic effect of seeing another’s life in intimate detail, then please join me in celebrating this momentous debut.”
—Mitchell Kaplan, Books & Books