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After Birth

by Elisa Albert - £8.99  Vintage Publishing (Vintage) (2016)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780099590149 | ISBN 10: 009959014x

Sometimes Iím with the baby and I think: youíre 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 canít 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 Ė older, alone, pregnant Ė 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.

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