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A Guide to Being Born (Hardcover)

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"This short story collection, while abstract and bizarre, manages to
perfectly encapsulate and thematically describe the stages of life (in
reverse) despite the surreal treatment of the subject matter.  The
internally consistent logic of these winding streams of consciousness
swirl around defining moments of the human experience, elaborating on
reality with artistic flourish while remaining faithful to the
existential tone of life."

— Steve(n)


Reminiscent of Aimee Bender and Karen Russell an enthralling collection that uses the world of the imagination to explore the heart of the human condition.
Major literary talent Ramona Ausubel, author of "Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty," coming Summer 2016, combines the otherworldly wisdom of her much-loved debut novel, "No One Is Here Except All of Us," with the precision of the short-story form."A Guide toBeing Born "is organized around the stages of life love, conception, gestation, birth and the transformations that happen as people experience deeply altering life events, falling in love, becoming parents, looking toward the end of life. In each of these eleven stories Ausubel's stunning imagination and humor are moving, entertaining, and provocative, leading readers to see the familiar world in a new way.
In Atria a pregnant teenager believes she will give birth to any number of strange animals rather than a human baby; in Catch and Release a girl discovers the ghost of a Civil War hero living in the woods behind her house; and in Tributaries people grow a new arm each time they fall in love. Funny, surprising, and delightfully strange all the stories have a strong emotional core; Ausubel's primary concern is always love, in all its manifestations.

About the Author

Ramona Ausubel is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of "No One Is Here Except All of Us." Her work has been published in "The New Yorker," "One Story," "The Paris Review Daily," "Best American Fantasy," and elsewhere, and has received special mentions in "The Best American Short Stories "and "The Best American Nonrequired Reading." She has been longlisted for The Frank O'Connor Short Story Prize, and a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions award andthe Pushcart Prize."
Product Details
ISBN: 9781594487958
ISBN-10: 1594487952
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2013
Pages: 198
Language: English