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The Post-Birthday World Hardcover – March 13, 2007
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The smallest details of staid coupledom duel it out with a lusty alternate reality that begins when a woman passes up an opportunity to cheat on her longtime boyfriend in Shriver's latest (after the Orange Prize–winning We Need to Talk About Kevin). Irina McGovern, a children's book illustrator in London, lives in comfortable familiarity with husband-in-everything-but-marriage-certificate Lawrence Trainer, and every summer the two have dinner with their friend, the professional snooker player Ramsey Acton, to celebrate Ramsey's birthday. One year, following Ramsey's divorce and while terrorism specialist "think tank wonk" Lawrence is in Sarajevo on business, Irina and Ramsey have dinner, and after cocktails and a spot of hash, Irina is tempted to kiss Ramsey. From this near-smooch, Shriver leads readers on a two-pronged narrative: one consisting of what Irina imagines would have happened if she had given in to temptation, the other showing Irina staying with Lawrence while fantasizing about Ramsey. With Jamesian patience, Shriver explores snooker tournaments and terrorism conferences, passionate lovemaking and passionless sex, and teases out her themes of ambition, self-recrimination and longing. The result is an impressive if exhausting novel. (Mar.)
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Critics had divided reactions to Lionel Shriver's latest novel (after the Orange Prize?winning We Need to Talk About Kevin, ***1/2 Sept/Oct 2003). Though most considered her use of the dual narrative a clever literary device, not all agreed that it worked. Some found the alternating storylines confusing, while others were bored by the exhaustively catalogued details of Irina's everyday life. The Post-Birthday World doesn't provide easy answers to the questions it raises about relationships. Irina, however, proves to be a well-rounded, sympathetic character, and the relative failure or success of her dueling destinies depends as much on the reader's point of view as it does on her own. At 528 pages, Shriver's novel is a hefty examination of the possibilitiesand regretsin the decisions we make every day.
Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc.
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Then I went to Goodreads to read the other reviews posted and found out that seemingly everyone but me had advance notice that the book was an alternative universe with Irina kissing/not kissing Ramsey on his birthday, the pivotal event in her life.
I feel a book should stand on its own, and there is an indication of what it is contained in the book that Irina writes that wins/doesn't win the children's prize. Unfortunately it came too late to rescue the book for me.
Aside from the first and twelfth chapters, the twelfth concluding the narrative, Irina's point of view bifurcates into two alternate worlds which are informed by the choice she makes, the first choice causing her to act, and the second to abstain after an eventful birthday dinner. Sophisticated readers know all about alternate endings in contemporary literary fiction, but Shriver achieves much more than this as the two narrative strands feed into and inform upon each other and remarkably unify the entire text. Shriver's craft is so skillful and deft that my resistance to her characters surrendered and swallowed me in, such that even the most ardent rebel to modern middle class domestication cannot help but to have their preconceptions challenged by a master story teller as Shriver has without a doubt proven herself to be. It is not much of a stretch to believe that one day her work will be taught along side Austen as a standard bearer of the literary arts.