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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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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,...
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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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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        Starred review from February 22, 2016
        Early one wintry morning, Lore, an elementary school speech therapist who is nine-months pregnant, enters a
        New York City hospital alone. Her contractions have started, and though she isn't terribly far along, her assigned nurse, Franckline, quickly sets her up in the maternity ward, where the duo ride out the long process of Lore's labor together.
        As the hours pass, the women sit in Lore's room and walk the hospital halls, and snippets of their histories come to light—including Franckline's time as a midwife's helper in
        her native Haiti and Lore's difficult childhood, as well as
        the complicated love triangle that resulted in her solo trip
        to the hospital. In addition, it isn't long before Franckline's own early pregnancy is revealed. After several miscarriages, however, Franckline is afraid to tell her husband of her condition until she is certain her baby will survive. Written with incredible clarity, this third novel from Erens (The Virgins) is a wonder, shifting between two protagonists with ease to tell a deeply personal narrative of childbirth, complete with tension, horror, and deep, mature emotion. This novel does not sentimentalize the delivery of a child but rather examines the surprise—mental and physical—that accompanies it. Labor stories are as old as time, but Erens's novel feels incredibly fresh and vivid. An outstanding accomplishment.

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      • content: Narrator Cassandra Campbell expertly guides the listener through this astonishing novel. With precision she navigates the intertwining stories of Lore, a woman who arrives at the hospital in labor alone, and Franckline, her nurse, who herself is pregnant after years of trying and loss. Campbell's narration shifts back and forth in time and between characters smoothly--moving from stories of Franckline's childhood in Haiti, her deep knowledge of childbirth, and her own fears for her pregnancy to the complicated love triangle that has left Lore alone at the hospital. 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. E.E.C. � AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine
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        Starred review from September 1, 2016

        In a Manhattan hospital, two women are each pregnant--one obviously, the other not yet visibly. Lore arrives with no partner, no friends, and no support, but she is armed with a several-page birth plan with which she expects to control the impossible. The main nurse who attends her is Franckline, an immigrant from one "of the French-speaking islands, Haiti, maybe, or Guadeloupe," who is also pregnant, although still unable to feel secure about the not-yet-baby within. While Lore labors, Franckline will work hard to calm, soothe, coach, and care for her, even as she worries about her own impending motherhood. As they wait and work, both women find themselves remembering, regretting, and reconsidering the respective pasts that brought them each to this point--pregnant, nervous, uncertain. Beautiful and brutal, Erens's (The Virgins) third novel is a revelatory meditation on relationships--between adults, lovers, friends, parents, and children of all ages. Veteran narrator Cassandra Campbell employs her usual arsenal of accents and intonations to enhance Erens's impeccable prose with both urgency and grace. VERDICT A quick, intense, and viscerally electrifying story that leaves behind vestiges of fear, panic, and hope; libraries should order immediately.--Terry Hong, Smithsonian BookDragon, Washington, DC

        Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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