Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens audiobook

Eleven Hours

By Pamela Erens
Read by Cassandra Campbell

Random House Audio
5.25 Hours 1
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Lore arrives at the hospital alone—no husband, no partner, no friends. Her birth plan is explicit: she wants no fetal monitor, no IV, no epidural. Franckline, a nurse in the maternity ward—herself on the verge of showing—is patient with the young woman. She knows what it’s like to worry that something might go wrong, and she understands the distress when it does. She knows as well as anyone the severe challenge of childbirth, what it does to the mind and the body.  Eleven Hours is the story of two soon-to-be mothers who, in the midst of a difficult labor, are forced to reckon with their pasts and re-create their futures. Lore must disentangle herself from a love triangle; Franckline must move beyond past traumas to accept the life that’s waiting for her. Pamela Erens moves seamlessly between their begrudging partnership and the memories evoked by so intense an experience: for Lore, of the father of her child and her former best friend; for Franckline, of the family in Haiti from which she’s exiled. At turns urgent and lyrical, Erens’s novel is a visceral portrait of childbirth, and a vivid rendering of the way we approach motherhood—with fear and joy, anguish and awe.

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Summary

Summary

New Yorker Best Books of the Year Selection

An NPR Best Book of the Year Pick

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016

A Huffington Post Pick of Must-Reads

A Flavorwire Pick

Millions.com Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2016

Lore arrives at the hospital alone—no husband, no partner, no friends. Her birth plan is explicit: she wants no fetal monitor, no IV, no epidural. Franckline, a nurse in the maternity ward—herself on the verge of showing—is patient with the young woman. She knows what it’s like to worry that something might go wrong, and she understands the distress when it does. She knows as well as anyone the severe challenge of childbirth, what it does to the mind and the body.  Eleven Hours is the story of two soon-to-be mothers who, in the midst of a difficult labor, are forced to reckon with their pasts and re-create their futures. Lore must disentangle herself from a love triangle; Franckline must move beyond past traumas to accept the life that’s waiting for her. Pamela Erens moves seamlessly between their begrudging partnership and the memories evoked by so intense an experience: for Lore, of the father of her child and her former best friend; for Franckline, of the family in Haiti from which she’s exiled. At turns urgent and lyrical, Erens’s novel is a visceral portrait of childbirth, and a vivid rendering of the way we approach motherhood—with fear and joy, anguish and awe.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Exhilarating novel…The writing is candid without being sensational, detailed without being clinical.” Wall Street Journal
“A visceral story about an intensely painful experience that manages to be an intense pleasure to read.” Boston Globe
“Nowhere have I read a more delightfully stomach-churning account of the indecencies, the invasiveness, and the violence of bringing life into the world.” Guardian (London)
“An indelible portrait of two women coming to terms with desire, fear, crushing losses, and fragile joys that have carved their lives, and who knows what it means to fight every hour, every minute, to take another breath.” New York Times Book Review
“Narrator Cassandra Campbell expertly guides the listener through this astonishing novel…Campbell’s narration shifts back and forth in time and between characters smoothly…Lore’s labor brings a natural rhythm to the story, and Campbell’s narration adds intimacy and intensity to this beautiful, shocking, and universal tale of birth.” AudioFile

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Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Pamela Erens

Author Bio: Pamela Erens

Pamela Eren’s novel The Virgins was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice; was named a Best Book of 2013 by the New Yorker, the New Republic, Library Journal, and Salon; and was a finalist for the John Gardner Book Award. Her debut novel, The Understory, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in such publications as Elle, Vogue, the Millions, the New York Times, and Los Angeles Review of Books.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 5.25
Audience: Adult
Language: English