The Post-Birthday World

A Novel

by Lionel Shriver

On Sale: 02/26/2008

The Post-Birthday World

A Novel

by Lionel Shriver

On Sale: 02/26/2008


About the Book

This dazzling new novel from the Orange Prize–winning author of the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin takes a psychological and deeply human look at love and volition

Does the course of life hinge on a single kiss? Whether the American expatriate Irena McGovern does or doesn’t lean into a certain pair of lips in London will determine whether she stays with her smart, disciplined, intellectual American partner Lawrence, or runs off with Ramsey—a wild, exuberant British snooker star the couple has known for years. Employing a parallel-universe structure, Shriver follows Irena’s life as it unfolds under the influence of two drastically different men. In a tour de force that, remarkably, has no villains, Shriver explores the implications, both large and small, of our choice of mate—a subject of timeless, universal fascination for both sexes.

Critical Praise

“Original and involving...convincing and beautifully told. Highly recommended.” — Library Journal

“Daring [and] dazzling.” — More Magazine

“Hugely entertaining…tackles the dueling human needs for passion and security with fierce, witty honesty.” — Vogue

“Shriver writes with elegance and a loaded intensity...she is a brilliant, witty storyteller and the book is utterly compelling.” — Weekend Australian

“[A] tour de force in literary structure and mastery of language...engrossing.” — Sunday Telegraph (Australia)

“Provocative...stunningly intense.” — New York Daily News

“Provocative….The Post-Birthday World is…as unflinching as they come.” — New York Times

“...unique...” — South-East Advertiser (Australia)

“Witty, formidably bright author…Lively parts…” — Denver Rocky Mountain News

“Shriver has a gift for creating real and complicated characters and putting them in less-than-simple situations…Highly engrossing novel…” — San Francisco Chronicle

“” — Time magazine

“...candid...” — Entertainment Weekly

“...fascinating...” — Christian Science Monitor

“Shriver writes with much intelligence and wryness....The twofold nature of the plot...makes for enlightening reading.” — Irish Times

“The Post-Birthday World is a...radical book.” — The Scotsman

“This is a compulsive, clever, wise and witty novel.” — The Times (London)

“Compelling...ingenious...inspired.” — The Evening Standard (London)

“...enjoyable...” — Sunday Times (London)

“Shriver is very obviously a perceptive observer and clever chronicler of the human condition, in all its messy, unresolved glory.” — The Nelson Mail (New Zealand)

“Shriver is a terrific, intelligent writer.” — Bookseller (London)

“Ingenious...delightful...[Shriver] has produced a novel that’s equal parts entertainment and psychological massage.” — Philadelphia Inquirer

“Ingenious....there is an impressive freshness in her treatment. The writing is intelligent, the characterisation thoughtful, the insights into love, sex and snooker sharp. After her acclaimed 2003 novel, We Need To Talk About Kevin, Shriver confirms her reputation as an original talent.” — Mail on Sunday

“Shriver’s an extraordinary writer. Her perceptiveness of male-female relationships is unsettling, dangerous, familiar and voyeuristic. [The Post-Birthday World is] impossible to put down.” — Daily Telegraph (Australia

“Extraordinary...Before it was co-opted and trivialized by chick lit, romantic love was a subject that writers from Flaubert to Tolstoy deemed worthy of artistic and moral scrutiny. This is the tradition into which Shriver’s novel fits.” — Entertainment Weekly

“Best novel of ‘07.” — Entertainment Weekly



Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780061187896
  • ISBN 10: 0061187895
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 02/26/2008
  • Pages: 544
  • List Price:18.50 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Family Life / Marriage & Divorce
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Contemporary Women

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