The Fourth Child


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6.3 X 9.3 X 1.2 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Jessica Winter is an editor at The New Yorker and the author of the novel Break in Case of Emergency. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Slate, Bookforum, and other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family.


"In this compassionate and riveting novel, Jessica Winter raises some of the hardest questions about motherhood, daughterhood, and personhood. In rich and insightful prose, The Fourth Child explores, with ravishing complexity, the inner lives of girls and women."--Helen Phillips, author of The Need
"Winter elegantly delineates the circumstances that create her characters' belief systems, gently lays bare their foibles and convictions, and shows how even the most rigid ideology can chafe against the messy and tender realities of life."--Lydia Kiesling, author of The Golden State
A wonder of shape-shifting characters shored up by a political and cultural backdrop that is forever alive with simmering portent. It is a haunting and sometimes prophetic immersion of the ways in which lives can be trapped by the impossibility of what might have once been and the cold truth of what is now. These characters spoke to me in my dreams . . . I could not bear to come to the end, and I find myself wondering, even now, where are they? What might happen? The Fourth Child is, frankly, everything our best novels can hope to be."--Rachel Louise Snyder, author of No Visible Bruises: What We Don't Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us
I loved this novel. It's as if Maile Meloy's Liars and Saints met Susan Choi's A Person of Interest. It's also a stealth treatise on Catholic mysticism. I loved its moral sophistication and nuance. There are consequences for character choices, which felt like a breath of fresh air.--Brandon Taylor, author of Real Life, finalist for the Booker Prize
"The Fourth Child does something that seems impossible--it probes the Manichean abortion wars through a subtle and arresting family drama. Jessica Winter's portrait of Buffalo during the massive anti-abortion protests of the 1990s is pitch-perfect, and her exploration of the deep sacrifices of motherhood is indelible."--Michelle Goldberg, New York Times columnist and author of The Means of Reproduction
"Magnificent . . . Winter gives us so much to chew on here--faith, adoption, sexuality, motherhood, abuse, autonomy--and the story warrants taking time to digest, to see how each moment informs and deepens another."--Buzzfeed
This is a work of precise social realism, in which the intricate tableau of detail offers a backdrop for larger questions about morality, family, and obligation.--Vogue (Best Books to Read in 2021)
Jessica Winter's sophomore novel is Franzen-esque in its broad sweep of a Rust Belt family coming down off the highs of mid-century American capitalism. . . . She manages to elegantly and movingly write a novel about faith that doesn't proselytize or condemn.--Vulture (The Best Books of the Year (So Far))
"Jessica Winter's The Fourth Child is a brave, complex novel about a mother and her two daughters--and a morally astute exploration of the rewards, limits, and unexpected costs of faith and compassion." --New York Times bestselling author Francine Prose
Intense . . . a vivid portrait of female coming-of-age . . . Winter is a genius. . . . [Her] greatest accomplishment is that she takes on enormous, highly charged topics--faith, the right to choose, female identity--and presents a story without one shred of moralizing. . . . A writer in complete control of her talent.--New York Times Book Review