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Eleven Hours Paperback – 2 Mar 2017
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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 -- Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia! Gorgeous, harrowing, and intensely urgent - I can't stop thinking about this book -- Molly Antopol, author of The UnAmericans I loved Eleven Hours... A gorgeous, haunting, slender novel -- Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist A story about birth, which is to say a story about life and death... A novel with the -adrenaline-rush pacing of an action movie New York Times Exhilarating Wall Street Journal Extraordinary Boston Globe Intense, provocative...a deeply rewarding high-wire act The National
A fierce and fearless novel of complicated pasts, uncertain futures and of the organic, bloody beauty of childbirth and motherhood.See all Product description
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As soon as I saw the cover of the book, I knew I just had to read it. As a mother myself, I wanted to read about other people's experiences, find out about labour from another aspect as opposed to being the one IN labour. After reading a couple of pages, it soon dawned on me that this book wasn't going to be a typical 'in labour' type book. Definitely not along the same lines of 'One Born Every Minute'. Coming to that realisation wasn't a bad thing, but it certainly tested my concentration skills as the storyline is very deep and complex. 'Eleven Hours' isn't the sort of book you can read expecting the story to talk to you all the time, you have to tune into the characters and circumstances just as much. If you're not used to doing that, it can be quite a quite an intricate way of reading.
When it comes to giving birth and everything leading up to it, it's not straightforward as many of you are aware. There are the birth plans detailing how the mother-to-be wishes things to be carried out. But what Pamela Erens mentions in the story is that when you have a woman from a different culture, the birth plan then becomes even more complex. Keep that in mind but then add a midwife from another culture. A midwife who has seen a lot of births and tragedies (for both the mother AND the child). Certain things are frowned upon in various cultures, so every mother-to-be that walked into the hospital within the book, had their own stories to tell.
Before reading 'Eleven Hours', I was unaware of how complex giving birth was in different countries, what things couldn't be done, and what limited things could be done.Read more ›
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Erens skillfully weaves the two women’s stories together. We glide from one perspective to the other, and in those pauses between contractions we learn the backstories of both women. Their stories are fascinating and it must have been tempting to make this a longer book with more details on the lives of both women. But this is a story of a delivery.
I’m sure that this will find a large audience of women readers. I hope that men will read it too. It’s an action story. The tension and drama are almost unbearable. When Lore got to eight centimeters there was no way I could put the book down until I was finished.
I would give this book six stars if I could.
[To read the complete review, go to https://readherlikeanopenbook.com, the only blog dedicated to literary fiction by women.]
Erens has also done readers everywhere a favor. "Eleven Hours" bears witness to the extraordinary efforts of mothers in bringing forth a child. It is a testament to the dedication and compassion of labor and delivery nurses. And for men it provides an opportunity to fully grasp the all-encompassing nature of the experience.
But her book is not a documentary, it is a story. And at its heart is Lore, a single mother still reeling from the traumatic ending of her relationship with her child’s father, Asa. She comes to the hospital one winter night utterly alone, something the nurse, Franckline, originally from Haiti, notices immediately. Lore has a birth plan detailing her exacting wishes in all potential situations. She is a daunting young woman who says little and keeps Franckline at arm’s length. But the latter is also pregnant and worried about her baby for reasons both universal and specific, and she is determined to help Lore make it through the crucible of labor and delivery.
Erens slowly reveals each woman’s story, all the while holding us close to Lore’s labor. She reminds us how amazing it is that complete strangers come together in the most intimate of experiences, all to bring a baby into the world. Lore and Franckline have led completely different lives, yet they are united in their womanhood and, ultimately, shared motherhood.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of "Eleven Hours" is the way Erens has captured the stream of consciousness of Lore, as she moves from the present to the past (a fraught childhood and a complex love triangle that led her to this moment) and the future (concern about her child and the possible lives they will have together).