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The Delivery Room

A Novel

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October 1, 2008 | Paperback | 5 x 7.8, 384 Pages | ISBN 9781582434247
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The Delivery Room is a beautiful novel, rich and dense and satisfying. In Sylvia Brownrigg's hands, grief and longing are as sensuous a part of life as a fine meal or the touch of a lover.” —Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier & Klay

It is 1998. In the safe haven of her London office—in a room her husband jokingly calls “The Delivery Room”—Mira Braverman listens to the stories of her troubled patients. They include an aristocratic woman going through an intense infertility drama, an American journalist who is eager to have a baby and is on the lookout for a potential father, and an irritable divorcé who likes to taunt Mira about her Serbian nationality.

As the novel unfolds, Mira discovers she is not as distant from her patients’ pain as she might once have been: her husband Peter struggles with illness, NATO’s threats against her country grow more serious, and submerged truths from her own past seem likely to erupt.

Compelling, complex, and always deeply human, The Delivery Room is an engaging examination of the incomplete understandings that course between therapist and patient, and a set of variations on the theme of motherhood–as well as a timely meditation on the meanings of wars fought from a distance, when ordinary citizens have to measure their personal griefs against the outrages experienced by those under attack.

SYLVIA BROWNRIGG is the author most recently of Morality Tale. Her works have been included in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times lists of notable fictions, and translated into several languages, and she has won a Lambda award for fiction. Raised in England and California, she continues, with her family, to divide her time between London and Berkeley.

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The Delivery Room is a beautiful novel, rich and dense and satisfying. In Sylvia Brownrigg’s hands, grief and longing are as sensuous a part of life as a fine meal or the touch of a lover. Brownrigg has perfect pitch for the English sentence, and she sees with amazing depth and tenderness into the hearts of her real-as-real characters-and into the reader’s heart, too.” —Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

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