Post Birthday World By Lionel Shriver

In this novel Lionel Shriver delivers an entertaining look at the implications, for better or worse, of whom we choose to love. Using an upbeat parallel-universe structure, The Post-Birthday World follows one woman's future as it unfolds under the influence of two drastically different men.

Children's book illustrator Irina McGovern enjoys a quiet and settled life in London with her partner, fellow American expatriate Lawrence Trainer, a smart, loyal, disciplined intellectual at a prestigious think tank. To their small circle of friends, their relationship is rock solid. Until the night Irina unaccountably finds herself dying to kiss another man: their old friend from South London, the stylish, extravagant, passionate top-ranking snooker player Ramsey Acton. The decision to give in to temptation will have consequences for her career, her relationships with family and friends, and perhaps most importantly the texture of her daily life.

Hinging on a single kiss, this enchanting work of fiction depicts Irina's alternating futures with two men temperamentally worlds apart yet equally honorable. With which true love Irina is better off is neither obvious nor easy to determine, but Shriver's exploration of the two destinies is memorable and gripping. Poignant and deeply honest, written with the subtlety and wit that are the hallmarks of Shriver's work, The Post-Birthday World appeals to the what-if in us all.

review from book browse.

I loved this book, it was so fun to see the character follow two separate story lines. It reminded me allot of the movie Sliding doors with Gweneth Paltrow. I had previously read 'We need to talk about Kevin' and was ready for an author who fresh and interesting and I was not disapointed.

I hope you all enjoyed the read.



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