Still Born-9781913097660

Still Born by Nettel, Guadalupe

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Author: Nettel, Guadalupe

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Published on 22 June 2022 by Fitzcarraldo Editions in the United Kingdom.

Paperback | 200 pages
128 x 196 x 22 | 280g

Still Born, Guadalupe Nettel's fourth novel, explores one of life's most consequential decisions - whether or not to have children - with her signature charm and intelligence. Alina and Laura are independent and career-driven women in their mid-thirties, neither of whom have built their future around the prospect of a family. Laura has taken the drastic decision to be sterilized, but as time goes by Alina becomes drawn to the idea of becoming a mother. When complications arise in Alina's pregnancy and Laura becomes attached to her neighbour's son, both women are forced to reckon with the complexity of their emotions. In prose that is as gripping as it is insightful, Still Born explores maternal ambivalence with a surgeon's touch, carefully dissecting the contradictions that make up the lived experiences of women.