Nine Months by Paula Bomer

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A bold, unapologetic first novel about a pregnant mother and wife who abandons her family in search of an identity that is hers alone. 

"Deliciously, dangerously rogue." —Marcy Dermansky, author of Bad Marie

Sonia, a young Brooklyn mother shaken by her unexpected (third) pregnancy, abandons her husband and kids and takes off on a cross-country odyssey in search of an identity separate from her family. She does everything a pregnant woman shouldn't do—engaging in casual sex and smoking weed—as she retraces her past and attempts to reclaim her sidelined career as an artist. Nine Months is a fierce, daring page-turner of a novel—a lacerating response to the culture of mommy blogs, helicopter parents and "parental correctness" as well as an unflinching look at the choices women face when trying to balance art and family.


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About Paula Bomer

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Paula Bomer is publisher of Sententia Books and the editor of Sententia: A Literary Journal as well as a contributor to the literary blog, Big Other. Her writing has appeared in The Mississippi Review, Open City, Fiction, Nerve, and Best American Erotica. Her collection, Baby & Other Stories, is published by Word Riot Press. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.
 
Published August 21, 2012 by Soho Press. 265 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A Brooklyn woman flips out when she discovers she’s pregnant with her third child in this first novel by Bomer, whose previous short story collection (Baby and Other Stories, 2010) took a steely-eyed, unromantic view of motherhood.

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Bomer’s debut novel (after the short story collection, Baby & Other Stories) is an interior account of one woman’s experience of pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood.

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Taking place at the nexus of sex, art and motherhood, the novel is an extended riff on the nature of creativity. Bomer's writing is honest, artless and immediate, and (it must be said) foul-mouthed.

Oct 13 2012 | Read Full Review of Nine Months

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

2 Contest Challenges Dine: Pittsburgh restaurants and the quest for excellent service Person of interest: Mike Elliot, Pittsburgh Vegan Meetup organizer The recline and fall of civility Selling an old home to young buyers req...

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—Marcy Dermansky, author of Bad Marie

Sonia, a young Brooklyn mother shaken by her unexpected (third) pregnancy, abandons her husband and kids and takes off on a cross-country odyssey in search of an identity separate from her family.

Aug 29 2012 | Read Full Review of Nine Months

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And Sonia is thankful for her family, eager for her precious, mediocre life, and she can’t believe that once again, she’s going to be a mother to someone new.” Just when we think that we’ve seen everything there is to see in Sonia, we get more.

Sep 24 2012 | Read Full Review of Nine Months

Pank Magazine

Sonia doesn’t want a girl to help her clean up after her boys.

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