The Post-Birthday World

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$14.99  $13.94
Harper Perennial
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5.72 X 8.0 X 0.95 inches | 0.92 pounds

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About the Author

Although Lionel Shriver has published many novels, a collection of essays, and a column in the Spectator since 2017, and her journalism has been featured in publications including the Guardian, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, she in no way wishes for the inclusion of this information to imply that she is more "intelligent" or "accomplished" than anyone else. The outdated meritocracy of intellectual achievement has made her a bestselling author multiple times and accorded her awards, including the Orange Prize, but she accepts that all of these accidental accolades are basically meaningless. She lives in Portugal and Brooklyn, New York.

"Extraordinary...Before it was co-opted and trivialized by chick lit, romantic love was a subject that writers from Flaubert to Tolstoy deemed worthy of artistic and moral scrutiny. This is the tradition into which Shriver's novel fits."--Entertainment Weekly
"The Post-Birthday World is a...radical book."--The Scotsman
"Best novel of '07."--Entertainment Weekly
"Hugely entertaining...tackles the dueling human needs for passion and security with fierce, witty honesty."--Vogue
"Original and involving...convincing and beautifully told. Highly recommended."--Library Journal
"Shriver is very obviously a perceptive observer and clever chronicler of the human condition, in all its messy, unresolved glory."--The Nelson Mail (New Zealand)
"Witty, formidably bright author...Lively parts..."--Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Provocative...stunningly intense."--New York Daily News
"Shriver writes with elegance and a loaded intensity...she is a brilliant, witty storyteller and the book is utterly compelling."--Weekend Australian
"Compelling...ingenious...inspired."--The Evening Standard (London)
"Provocative....The Post-Birthday World unflinching as they come."--New York Times
"This is a compulsive, clever, wise and witty novel."--The Times (London)
"Shriver's an extraordinary writer. Her perceptiveness of male-female relationships is unsettling, dangerous, familiar and voyeuristic. [The Post-Birthday World is] impossible to put down."--Daily Telegraph (Australia
"Shriver has a gift for creating real and complicated characters and putting them in less-than-simple situations...Highly engrossing novel..."--San Francisco Chronicle
"Ingenious....there is an impressive freshness in her treatment. The writing is intelligent, the characterisation thoughtful, the insights into love, sex and snooker sharp. After her acclaimed 2003 novel, We Need To Talk About Kevin, Shriver confirms her reputation as an original talent."--Mail on Sunday
"Shriver is a terrific, intelligent writer."--Bookseller (London)
"Daring [and] dazzling."--More Magazine
"Ingenious...delightful...[Shriver] has produced a novel that's equal parts entertainment and psychological massage."--Philadelphia Inquirer
"Shriver writes with much intelligence and wryness....The twofold nature of the plot...makes for enlightening reading."--Irish Times
"[A] tour de force in literary structure and mastery of language...engrossing."--Sunday Telegraph (Australia)
"...unique..."--South-East Advertiser (Australia)
""--Time magazine
"...candid..."--Entertainment Weekly
"...fascinating..."--Christian Science Monitor
"...enjoyable..."--Sunday Times (London)