What I am reading: Eleven Hours

What I am reading: Eleven Hours

We are in South Carolina for our annual family beach vacation and I am reading the powerful Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens.  The acclaimed novel follows the daunting hours of labor, delivery and two soon-to-be mothers while slowly unveiling their interesting and complicated backgrounds.

Erens accurately captures the emotions and events during the incredible journey of pregnancy and giving birth.

Author Karen Russell praises, “Childbirth, this uniquely female form of heroism, is rarely documented in our literature, and I’ve never seen it rendered with the extraordinary insight, urgency, and potency of Eleven Hours.  Every dilation and contraction of feeling is recorded, and Erens evokes the layered experience of living in a body – its tides of memory, sensation, and emotion – like no other writer I know.”

When I was pregnant I read a lot of non-fiction about pregnancy, but can’t remember any fiction as accurate about the miraculous time.


Have you read Eleven Hours or anything else good lately? 

A few other book suggestions if you are in a reading mood: Crazy, Sexy, DietEleanor & Park and Me Before You.

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