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After Birth (Paperback)

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“Ari is the profane, generous, poetic, desperate, loving, and terrified best friend we all hope for. Sleep-deprived and thrumming with the electricity of new motherhood, Ari stumbles upon pockets of community support in places both expected and unexpected that cut through her small-town isolation and the clutch of postpartum depression. Albert wields humor like a blade in relaying Ari's thoughts, and she is a master of conveying the gorgeous struggle of birth and all that comes after.”
— Katie Presley, Book People, Austin, TX


"Captures our time with bracing propulsive energy and brilliant honesty . . . Albert is virtuosic." -- Washington Post

Ari is isolated with a one-year-old son in a decayed upstate New York town. Then Mina appears, pregnant and alone. Suddenly there is the possibility of connection, and soon the two are comrades-in-arms, navigating the hostile terrain of new motherhood together. Acclaimed for its insight, outrageous humor, and power to spark fierce debate, After Birth is a daring and transformative novel about friendship, history, and the body.

"Vicious, hilarious, and above all real." --New York Times Book Review

"Boils with dark humor and brutal honesty." --People

"Funny as hell . . . Enlightening, sharply moving, and true." --Star Tribune

"A smartly acerbic exploration." --O, The Oprah Magazine

"Heartfelt . . . Necessary and powerful." --Independent

"Edgy . . . Like Lorrie Moore . . . cracked open." --Los Angeles Review of Books

"One of the most exciting books of the year . . . Provocative." --Buzzfeed

"Sharp as a fresh-cut diamond." --Flavorwire

Product Details
ISBN: 9780544582910
ISBN-10: 0544582918
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: February 2nd, 2016
Pages: 208
Language: English