A Guide to Being Born


by Ramona Ausubel

A Guide to Being Born

Hardcover, 198 pages, Riverhead Hardcover, List Price: $26.95 | purchase

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The Pushcart Prize finalist author of No One Is Here Except All of Us presents a new collection of short stories featuring imaginative explorations of the human condition, including "Atria," in which a pregnant teen harbors beliefs that she will give birth to any number of strange animals; and "Catch and Release," in which a girl encounters a Civil War ghost.

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Ramona Ausubel delivers a wonderfully weird collection of short stories, all circling around love, conception, gestation and birth. In "Chest of Drawers," a husband grows jealous of the miraculous transformation of his pregnant wife's body. (While his wife writes nightly "Dear Baby" letters to their unborn child, he sarcastically composes letters to the "uninspired mess in his abdomen" that begin "Dear Guts ...") But his jealousy turns to deep longing, and finally to a miracle of his own: A

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