Eleven Hours

Eleven Hours

Book - 2016
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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 triang≤ 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.
Publisher: Portland, Oregon : Tin House Books, c2016
ISBN: 9781941040294
1941040292
Branch Call Number: FIC Eren
Characteristics: 165 pages ; 19 cm
Alternative Title: 11 hours

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ctkvlk
Nov 20, 2016

Very interesting book about the childbirth experience. Besides my own experience, knowing a number of NICU and labor & delivery folks, found it very true to life. Takeaway: don't have a set "birth plan" or even a set plan for your kids. Be prepared but just wait and see what happens--you really don't have as much control as you think you do!

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bbarela
Aug 16, 2016

I loved this book. It moved quickly and I felt the emotions of both characters strongly.

Cynthia_N Aug 02, 2016

It was a good book but I just didn't connect with either of the main characters.

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