The Post-Birthday World

By Lionel Shriver

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Irina is fully committed to Lawrence: a steady and dependable bloke. One night, she’s tempted to kiss another man – the fiery snooker player, Ramsey. What happens if she does – or doesn’t? Irina’s future hinges on a single moment in this witty novel of parallel universes. Shriver uses her powerhouse writing in each chapter to explore the two possible outcomes: post-kiss vs. post-restraint. It’s fun to contemplate what the “right” decision might be. As it turns out, it’s not so simple.

Perfect for:

  • Those who’d enjoy an intelligent and unflinching account of two possible futures.
  • Readers who like pondering the complexities of romantic relationships.
  • Anyone who’s ever been haunted by the question: what if?


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