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 After Birth

After Birth


A widely acclaimed young writer&;s fierce novel, in which childbirth and new motherhood are as high stakes a proving ground as any combat zoneA year has passed since Ari gave birth to Walker, though it went so badly awry she has trouble calling it &;birth&; and still she can't locate herself in her altered universe. Amid the strange, disjointed rhythms of her days and nights and another impending winter in upstate New York, Ari is a tree without roots, struggling to keep her branches aloft.When Mina, a one-time cult musician &; older, self-contained, alone, and nine-months pregnant &;moves to town, Ari sees the possibility of a new friend, despite her unfortunate habit of generally mistrusting women. Soon they become comrades-in-arms, and the previously hostile terrain seems almost navigable.With piercing insight, purifying anger, and outrageous humor, Elisa Albert issues a wake-up call to a culture that turns its new mothers into exiles, and expects them to act like natives. Like Lionel Shriver&;s We Need to Talk About Kevin and Anne Enright&;s The Gathering, this is a daring and resonant novel from one of our most visceral writers.

Book Details


Houghton Mifflin


Feb 17, 2015





Age Level

General Adult