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A widely acclaimed young writer’s fierce new novel, in which childbirth and new motherhood are as high stakes a proving ground as any combat zone

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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Quotes & Awards

  • After Birth is a voluptuous, hilarious, scaldingly and exhilaratingly honest account of new motherhood, emotional exile, and the complex romance of female friendship. I’m a huge Elisa Albert fan, and in her latest she has perfected a tonal pivot that whips the reader from laughter to revelation in a sentence.”

    Karen Russell, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A deep, funny novel about the terrors and exhilarations of love in all its forms. Elisa Albert writes with startling clarity and furious wit about marriage, motherhood, and friendship, illuminating these familiar landscapes with lightning flashes of revelation.”

    Jenny Offill, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Elisa Albert’s brilliant new novel…It’s obscene, reckless, vicious, hilarious and above all real…it ought to be as essential as The Red Badge of Courage…Albert has inherited the house Grace Paley built, with its narrow doorways just wide enough for wit and tragedy and blistering, exasperated love.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Albert applies a blistering tone to modern motherhood in this cri de coeur of a novel…In lesser hands, Ari might be unlikable, but Albert imbues her with searing honesty and dark humor, and the result is a fascinating protagonist for this rich novel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Albert’s newest novel loudly decries the isolation of new mothers in today’s world. Her opinionated protagonist is sympathetic, if not entirely likable, and will pull readers along on her journey toward a new normal with great humor and wit.”

    Booklist

  • “Bukowski wrote that he preferred people who scream when they burn, and nobody burns, or screams, like Elisa Albert—a fiercely intelligent, dark, and funny woman unafraid of her own anger.”

    Shalom Auslander, author of Hope: A Tragedy

  • After Birth is a fast-talking, opinionated, moody, funny, and slightly desperate account of the attempt to recover from having a baby. It is a romp through dangerous waters, in which passages of hilarity are shadowed by the dark nights of earliest motherhood, those months so tremulous with both new love and the despairing loss of one’s identity—to read it is an absorbing, entertaining, and thought-provoking experience.”

    Lydia Davis, author of Can’t and Won’t

  • “Elisa Albert in a nutshell: funny, self-aware, and genuinely fearless that she might be a lunatic, or a genius, or both.”

    TheAwl.com

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A NPR’s Great Reads Selection of 2015
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