Sometimes I'm with the baby and I think: you're my heart and my soul, and I would die for you. Other times I think: tiny moron, leave me the fuck alone
A year has passed since Ari gave birth and still she can't locate herself in her altered universe. Sleep-deprived, lonely and unprepared, she struggles through the strange, disjointed rhythms of her days and nights. Her own mother long dead and her girlhood friendships faded, she is a woman in need. When Mina - older, alone, pregnant - moves to town, Ari sees hope of a comrade-in-arms. Perhaps the hostile terrain could be more easily navigable together.
With purifying anger and outrageous humour, Elisa Albert unleashes on a culture that turns its new mothers into exiles, and expects them to act like natives. And as she defines the raw experience of motherhood, Albert offers a hilarious and devastatingly honest examination of how we become the women we are.
" 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
Elisa Albert , geboren 1978 in Los Angeles, hat an der Brandeis University, Massachusetts, und an der Columbia University in New York Literatur studiert. Sie ist als Herausgeberin und Journalistin tätig und unterrichtet seit einigen Jahren Kreatives Schreiben. Für ihre Short Storys hat sie bereits verschiedene Auszeichnungen erhalten, 2008 erschien ihr erster Roman. Elisa Albert lebt abwechselnd in Albany und Brooklyn, New York.