My book today is an ARC from the Amazon Vine program, entitled Nine Months, by Paula Bomer.
Beginning: February 7
“I DID IT!” She screams, ” I DID IT WITH MY OWN BODY!” Her voice is ungodly deep. The veins in her neck thick with blood. And it’s true. Her body, once more, did it. What’s left of it. Bleeding, bloated, bruised inside and out. Ripped and torn, the yellowish, green umbilical cord resembling some sort of proof that aliens do indeed exist, they exist inside of our own bodies. The slimy, luminescent cord is proof of universal mystery, this strange devise that attached her to her daughter—it’s from inside of her body, just like her daughter, too, the red-faced infant screaming in the doctor’s arms. Her insides came out. It’s the end of the world.
It’s pretty gross, right? Would you keep reading?
Teaser: Sonia slams the phone down. “Let’s go boys! Let’s go get ice cream,” she hollers, as she heads down the steps from her loft into the living room, where they sit glued to cartoons. “It’s beautiful out! Let’s go to the park!” (p. 37)
Amazon Description: A bold, unapologetic first novel about a pregnant mother and wife who abandons her family in search of an identity that is hers alone.
“Deliciously, dangerously rogue.” —Marcy Dermansky, author of Bad MarieSonia, a young Brooklyn mother shaken by her unexpected (third) pregnancy, abandons her husband and kids and takes off on a cross-country odyssey in search of an identity separate from her family. She does everything a pregnant woman shouldn’t do—engaging in casual sex and smoking weed—as she retraces her past and attempts to reclaim her sidelined career as an artist. Nine Months is a fierce, daring page-turner of a novel—a lacerating response to the culture of mommy blogs, helicopter parents and “parental correctness” as well as an unflinching look at the choices women face when trying to balance art and family.
I think this will be a controversial read…so I’m withholding judgment on it until I’m finished. What do you think?