'An immensely powerful, cannot-look-away novel of heart and bone and muscle and blood. The war novel has a rival... and it is breath-taking.' The Herald
Lore arrives at the hospital alone: no husband, no partner, no friends. She is in labour. Franckline, a nurse in the maternity ward, herself newly pregnant, is assigned to her care. Over the spiralling course of eleven hours, the women are thrown together into a fierce, physical intimacy, and they begin to force one another to reckon with their pasts and their futures. Lore must disentangle herself from a love triangle; Franckline must move beyond deep traumas; both must prepare themselves for the fear, joy, anguish and awe of motherhood.
Pamela Erens' short fiction, reviews and essays have appeared in a wide variety of literary, cultural, and mainstream publications, including the New York Times, Vogue, Elle, Salon, Tin House, Boston Review, and New England Review. For many years Pamela was an editor at Glamour magazine.