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
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
Enright’s The Gathering, this is a daring and resonant
novel from one of our most visceral writers. Download and start listening now!