The brutally honest novel by Paula Bomer highlights the raw emotions faced by Sonia, a Brooklyn mother who’s world is turned upside down when she discovers she is about to embark on her third pregnancy. With her first two children finally potty trained, Sonia decides to reconnect with her passion for the arts but instead has to deal with the anxiety of an unexpected third pregnancy.
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Paul Charles Griffin, of The Brooklyn Rail, writes: “In Nine Months, Bomer capitalizes on the great strength of psychological social realism, namely, how well it depicts the divided soul, how well it articulates our capacity to contradict ourselves and to contain multitudes. Simply put, Sonia “wants it all.” These three words deftly capture the legacy of 20th-century feminism. But can a woman really have three kids and a successful painting career?”
Nine Months is definitely NOT what you would find written on any modern “mommy blog.” Sonia’s longing desires for freedom does not go ignored as she abandons her family for a westward road trip in hopes of discovering an identity outside of a husband and children. All while engaging in acts of drinking, casual sex and smoking pot surprised readers will be both cheering Sonia on and questioning her morals.