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Eleven Hours

Pamela Erens

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Description:

Lore arrives at the hospital alone-no husband, no partner, no friends. Her birth plan is explicit: she wants no fetal monitor, no IV, no epidural. Franckline, a nurse in the maternity ward-herself on the verge of showing-is patient with the young woman. She knows what it's like to worry that something might go wrong, and she understands the distress when it does. She knows as well as anyone the severe challenge of childbirth, what it does to the mind and the body. Eleven Hours is the story of two soon-to-be mothers who, in the midst of a difficult labor, are forced to reckon with their pasts and re-create their futures. Lore must disentangle herself from a love triangle; Franckline must move beyond past traumas to accept the life that's waiting for her. Pamela Erens moves seamlessly between their begrudging partnership and the memories evoked by so intense an experience: for Lore, of the father of her child and her former best friend; for Franckline, of the family in Haiti from which she's exiled. At turns urgent and lyrical, Erens's novel is a visceral portrait of childbirth, and a vivid rendering of the way we approach motherhood-with fear and joy, anguish and awe.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Cassandra Campbell

Length:

5h 15m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:09


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:12


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:10


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:00


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:08


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:10


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:03


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:08


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:46


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:13


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:34


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:13


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:24


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:53


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:48


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:14


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:15


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:05


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:28


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:08


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:42


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:47


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:12


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:10


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:47


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:08


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:04


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:54


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:48


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:59


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:59


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:52


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:46


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:07


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:55


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:08


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:21


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:52


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:13


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:30


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:43


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:50


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:51


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:06


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:58


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:26


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:03


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

00:30