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The Delivery Room

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October 1, 2008 | Paperback | 5.1 x 7.7, 399 pages | ISBN 9781582434247
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It is 1998. In the safe haven of her London office–a room her husband jokingly calls “The Delivery Room”–therapist Mira Braverman listens to the stories of her troubled patients, including an aristocratic woman going through an intense infertility drama, an American journalist who is eager to have a baby, 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.

About Sylvia Brownrigg

SYLVIA BROWNRIGG is the author of several acclaimed works of fiction: four novels--Morality Tale; The Delivery Room, winner of the Northern California Book Award; Pages for You, winner of a Lambda Award; and The Metaphysical Touch--and a collection of stories, Ten Women Who Shook the World. Brownrigg grew up in California and in England and lives with her family in Berkeley.

Praise
"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

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