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A year has passed since Ari gave birth to Walker, though it went so badly awry she has trouble calling it "birth" to begin with, and she still can't locate herself in her own 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.
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By Jessica on 10-19-15
This story just wasn't one of the best I've encountered. It had so many great reviews that I thought I would give it a chance, but unfortunately the narrator made it so difficult for me to stay focused on the story. Her voice had a strange breathiness, tone and reading speed to it, which really ruined it for me. Narration aside, all I got from this book is that motherhood is a real bitch and you might love your child fiercely but basically hate life from the time you give birth forward. Perhaps a very truthful look at parenthood but the agony went on and on....I was quickly over it.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Milissa CLark on 02-27-15
Great story but performance distracts
The story is wonderful but at times it was difficult to get past the performers sarcastic tone. The emotion in the book doesn't really lend itself to that tone.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful