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Author: Lionel Shriver Narrator: Tanya Eby Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9781423360964
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“The Post-Birthday World is a brilliant ‘what if?’ novel. But that barely scrapes the surface in describing Shriver’s imaginative feat. . . .It’s mad genius. . . . A tour de force.” – USA Today American children’s book illustrator Irina McGovern enjoys a secure, settled life in London with her smart, loyal, disciplined partner, Lawrence – until the night she finds herself inexplicably drawn to kissing another man, a passionate, extravagant, top-ranked snooker player. Two competing alternate futures hinge on this single kiss, as Irina’s decision – to surrender to temptation or to preserve her seemingly safe partnership with Lawrence – will have momentous consequences for her career, her friendships and familial relationships, and the texture of her daily life. “A playful, psychologically acute, and luxuriously textured meditation on the nature of love.” – The New Yorker “Outstanding. . . . Shriver, a brilliant and versatile writer, allows these competing stories to unfold organically, each a fully rounded drama, rich with irony, ambiguity, and unforeseeable human complications.” – Entertainment Weekly “[A] wonderful new novel. . . . The rewards for sticking with these five-hundred-plus pages are as delicious as one of Irina’s feasts.” – Washington Post Book World “Book clubs across the USA should be buying up stacks of Lionel Shriver’s dazzling Rubik’s Cube of a novel. . . . Even if you’re a solitary reader, file this one under Books That Will Have You Talking – to yourself.” – USA Today Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Provocative…The Post-Birthday World is…as unflinching as they come.”

    New York Times

  • “Shriver has a gift for creating real and complicated characters...[A] highly engrossing novel.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Provocative...stunningly intense.”

    New York Daily News

  • “Ingenious...delightful...[Shriver] has produced a novel that’s equal parts entertainment and psychological massage.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “This is a compulsive, clever, wise, and witty novel.” 

    Times (London)

  • “Ingenious...there is an impressive freshness in her treatment. The writing is intelligent, the characterization thoughtful, the insights into love, sex, and snooker sharp. After her acclaimed 2003 novel, We Need To Talk About Kevin, Shriver confirms her reputation as an original talent.”

    Mail on Sunday (London)

  • “Compelling...ingenious...inspired.”

    Evening Standard (London)

  • “Shriver writes with much intelligence and wryness...The twofold nature of the plot...makes for enlightening reading.”

    Irish Times

  • The Post-Birthday World is a...radical book.” 

    The Scotsman

  • “Extraordinary...Before it was co-opted and trivialized by chick lit, romantic love was a subject that writers from Flaubert to Tolstoy deemed worthy of artistic and moral scrutiny. This is the tradition into which Shriver’s novel fits.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Hugely entertaining…tackles the dueling human needs for passion and security with fierce, witty honesty.”


  • “With Jamesian patience, Shriver explores snooker tournaments and terrorism conferences, passionate lovemaking and passionless sex, and teases out her themes of ambition, self-recrimination, and longing. The result is an impressive...novel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Original and involving...convincing and beautifully told. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A layered and unflinching portrait of infidelity...a tremendous feat of characterization...Better still, the author is more interested in raising questions about love and fidelity than in pat moralizing.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A 2007 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Fiction
  • A 2007 Entertainment Weekly Best Book for Fiction

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About the Author

Lionel Shriver is a novelist whose books include Orange Prize winner We Need to Talk about Kevin, The Post-Birthday World, A Perfectly Good Family, Game Control, Double Fault, The Female of the Species, Checker and the Derailleurs, and Ordinary Decent Criminals. She is widely published as a journalist, writing features, columns, op-eds, and book reviews for the Guardian, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Economist, Marie Claire, and many other publications. She is frequently interviewed on television, radio, and in print media.

About the Narrator

Tanya Eby is a novelist and an audiobook narrator who has earned several AudioFile Earphones Awards and been nominated for the Audie Award. She has a BA degree in English language and literature and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine.