Vernon Subutex 1: A Novel by Virginie Despentes (translated by Frank Wynne):
The vet took the body away in a black plastic bag. Xavier asked if he could have the ashes. He lied to Marie-Ange about how much it had cost. He didn’t give a damn. When he went to collect the ashes from the vet and saw the name “Colette” on the box, he realized that it was done. He put the box on a shelf, between the biography of Lemmy and a book about Mesrine. He still can’t get used to how quiet the house is when he comes home. He has never known the apartment to feel so empty.