On Sale: May 7, 2013
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Reminiscent of Aimee Bender and Karen Russellâ€”an enthralling
new collection that uses the world of the imagination to
explore the heart of the human condition.
literary talent Ramona Ausubel combines the otherworldly
wisdom of her much-loved debut novel, No One Is Here
Except All of Us, with the precision of the short-story
form. A Guide toBeing Born is organized around the
stages of lifeâ€”love, conception, gestation, birthâ€”and the
transformations that happen as people experience deeply
altering life events, falling in love, becoming parents,
looking toward the end of life. In each of these eleven
stories Ausubelâ€™s stunning imagination and humor are moving,
entertaining, and provocative, leading readers to see the
familiar world in a new way.
In â€śAtriaâ€ť a pregnant
teenager believes she will give birth to any number of
strange animals rather than a human baby; in â€śCatch and
Releaseâ€ť a girl discovers the ghost of a Civil War hero
living in the woods behind her house; and in â€śTributariesâ€ť
people grow a new arm each time they fall in love. Funny,
surprising, and delightfully strangeâ€”all the stories have a
strong emotional core; Ausubelâ€™s primary concern is always
love, in all its manifestations.
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