"Who can say I'm not a good mother? Who can say I don't read the subject heading in the books? The HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR CHILD IF THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO ONE WITH ANY PRIMAL KNOWLEDGE AROUND TO GUIDE YOU GUIDES. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN THERE IS NO RECEIVED WISDOM WHATSOEVER. I keep them in an out-of-the-way drawer, like porn."
Smart. Scathing. Terrifying. A must read.— From Anje
“Ari is the profane, generous, poetic, desperate, loving, and terrified best friend we all hope for. Sleep-deprived and thrumming with the electricity of new motherhood, Ari stumbles upon pockets of community support in places both expected and unexpected that cut through her small-town isolation and the clutch of postpartum depression. Albert wields humor like a blade in relaying Ari's thoughts, and she is a master of conveying the gorgeous struggle of birth and all that comes after.”
— Katie Presley, Book People, Austin, TX
"Captures our time with bracing propulsive energy and brilliant honesty . . . Albert is virtuosic." -- Washington Post
Ari is isolated with a one-year-old son in a decayed upstate New York town. Then Mina appears, pregnant and alone. Suddenly there is the possibility of connection, and soon the two are comrades-in-arms, navigating the hostile terrain of new motherhood together. Acclaimed for its insight, outrageous humor, and power to spark fierce debate, After Birth is a daring and transformative novel about friendship, history, and the body.
"Vicious, hilarious, and above all real." --New York Times Book Review
"Boils with dark humor and brutal honesty." --People
"Funny as hell . . . Enlightening, sharply moving, and true." --Star Tribune
"A smartly acerbic exploration." --O, The Oprah Magazine
"Heartfelt . . . Necessary and powerful." --Independent
"Edgy . . . Like Lorrie Moore . . . cracked open." --Los Angeles Review of Books
"One of the most exciting books of the year . . . Provocative." --Buzzfeed
"Sharp as a fresh-cut diamond." --Flavorwire