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Eleven Hours

(2016)
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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' 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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"As essential a novel as they come." - Elisa Albert


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2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: Eleven Hours
Author(s): Pamela Erens
ISBN: 1-78239-979-8 / 978-1-78239-979-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Books
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Paperback Editions

March 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Eleven Hours
Author(s): Pamela Erens
ISBN: 1-78239-981-X / 978-1-78239-981-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Books
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May 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: Eleven Hours
Author(s): Pamela Erens
ISBN: 1-941040-29-2 / 978-1-941040-29-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tin House Books
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May 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Eleven Hours
Author(s): Pamela Erens
Publisher: Random House Audio
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May 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Eleven Hours
Author(s): Pamela Erens
Publisher: Random House Audio
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July 2016 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Eleven Hours
Author(s): Pamela Erens
Publisher: Atlantic Books
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May 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Eleven Hours
Author(s): Pamela Erens
Publisher: Tin House Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA