After Birth, Paperback


Sometimes I'm with the baby and I think: you're 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 can't 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 - older, alone, pregnant - 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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