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A Guide to Being Born is organized around the stages of life—love, conception, gestation, birth—and the transformations that happen as people experience deeply altering life events, falling in love, becoming parents, looking toward the end of life. In each of these eleven stories, Ausubel’s stunning imagination and humor are moving, entertaining, and provocative, leading readers to see the familiar world in a new way. Among these stories is ‘Atria,’ in which a pregnant teenager believes she will give birth to any number of strange animals rather than a human baby. In ‘Catch and Release,’ a girl discovers the ghost of a Civil War hero living in the woods behind her house. In ‘Tributaries,’ people grow a new arm each time they fall in love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Each story in this collection finds a way to record the tensions between the corporeal and the invisible, the forces that animate us but ultimately can’t be dissected, our anti-anatomies. The dismay of coming to the final page is easily combated by following the example of Ausubel’s characters and beginning all over again.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Ausubel is a master stylist of vibrant, concise prose, and these stories, with love most often at their cores, can be appreciated for that alone.”


  • “Lyrical stories arranged around themes of birth, gestation, conception, and love…Ausubel has a gift of language so rich that even the most mundane events are invested with poetry, and many of her characters are in need of all the poetry they can muster.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice in May 2013
  • One of the New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books of 2013
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2013 in Fiction
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