The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver
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American children's book illustrator Irina McGovern enjoys a secure, settled life in London with her smart, loyal, disciplined partner, Lawrence—until the night she finds herself inexplicably drawn to kissing another man, a passionate, extravagant, top-ranked snooker player. Two competing alternate futures hinge on this single kiss, as Irina's decision—to surrender to temptation or to preserve her seemingly safe partnership with Lawrence—will have momentous consequences for her career, her friendships and familial relationships, and the texture of her daily life.

 

About Lionel Shriver

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Lionel Shriver's novels include the New York Times bestseller The Post-Birthday World and the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin, which won the 2005 Orange Prize and has now sold over a million copies worldwide. Earlier books include Double Fault, A Perfectly Good Family, and Checker and the Derailleurs. Her novels have been translated into twenty-five languages. Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. She lives in London.
 
Published March 17, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 544 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A layered and unflinching portrait of infidelity--with a narrative appropriately split in two.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of The Post-Birthday World (P.S.)

The New York Times

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Lionel Shriver’s novel travels two roads at once — the romantically faithful and the less so.

Mar 18 2007 | Read Full Review of The Post-Birthday World (P.S.)

The New York Times

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The heroine of this engaging new novel finds herself torn between two men: one serious, responsible and boring, the other romantic, charming and self-absorbed.

Mar 09 2007 | Read Full Review of The Post-Birthday World (P.S.)

Book Reporter

In this case, the choice is whether or not Irina McGovern, a 43-year-old children's book illustrator living in London, will succumb to temptation and kiss the dashing, somewhat louche professional snooker player, Ramsey Acton.

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A novel explores two worlds split by a difficult choice.

May 03 2007 | Read Full Review of The Post-Birthday World (P.S.)

The Bookbag

It's never a brilliant night out - the conversation very much surrounding Lawrence's fanship of Ramsey's snooker career, and Irina's being sacked by Jude as the illustrator of her children's books is not much of a long-lasting conversation subject, but it surprisingly becomes a routine.

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USA Today

In one of the novel's most memorable dual plotlines, Irina travels to New York for Christmas to visit her difficult Russian mother in one sequence with Ramsey in tow, in the other with Lawrence.

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Wall Street Journal 3.5 of 5 Stars "The Post-Birthday World is disturbing because it seems real: Irina’s wavering and soul-searching are not the comic vacillations of Bridget Jones, and the choices she makes are not the pragmatic decisions of an emblematic woman ambitious to ‘have it all.’ … The ...

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