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The Post-Birthday World
The Post-Birthday World | Lionel Shriver
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From the Orange Prize-winning author of WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN comes the new novel everyone will be talking about. It all hinges on one kiss. Whether Irina McGovern does or does not lean in to a particular pair of lips in London will determine whether she stays with the disciplined intellectual Lawrence, her partner of nearly ten years, or runs off with Ramsey, a hard-living snooker player. Shriver's playful parallel-universe structure allows Irina's departing futures to unfold side-by-side under the influence of two drastically different men. Where Lawrence is supportive if repressed, Ramsey is volatile and spontaneous. these many contrasts have ramifications for Irina's relationships with friends and family, for her career as an illustrator and, most importantly, for the texture of her daily life. For Shriver, love is about trade-offs. Both men in Irina's dual destinies are worthy of her affection but - like real people - marred by severe shortcomings. Yet often the very allure of our mates is what is wrong with them, a truth conveyed with all the subtlety, perceptiveness and drama that made WE NEED tO tALK ABOUt KEVIN an international bestseller.
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Samplergal
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While reading this book, it fell into the most beautiful pool in Turks and Caicos. I wasn‘t certain at that point I even liked this book, as it seemed to ramble. I‘m glad I rescued it and finished it post drying. I do love her writing and these characters will live within me for a long time. Choices. And, timing is everything. 5🌟

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Samplergal
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I‘ve been working on this chunkster for a few weeks. It traveled to Turks and Caicos and was dropped in the pool. It‘s finally dry, so tomorrow I hope to finish it. Her writing is so good, and she‘s likely misunderstood by many. The characters in this book...brilliantly written.

Reagan I‘ve been a fan of her writing for a while. We Need to Talk About Kevin is outstanding. 3y
Amiable I loved this book 3y
MrsMalaprop As far as Lionel Shriver goes, for me this was just an ok read. We Need to Talk About Kevin remains one of my all time favourite books @Reagan-reads 👍. 3y
Gayan I absolutely love this book. I still think about it sometime even though it‘s been years since I read it. 3y
Ruthiella This is the only book I have read by Shriver but I loved it! 😍 3y
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LauraBeth
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I think this book needs a backlist bump.

If you like:
✅ Stories about the road not taken
✅ Character-driven books that focus on psychological makeup and explore big ideas
✅ The movie, Sliding Doors
✅ The dichotomy of stability vs. sparks in relationships
✅ Thinking about choice vs. chance

This would also make a great book club or buddy read pick.

MicheleinPhilly I read at least half of this years ago and then put it down for some reason. 🤷🏻‍♀️I know I was enjoying it. 3y
LauraBeth @micheleinphilly I think this book has passed the 10-year mark in age. Still good! 3y
jmtrivera This was a great ad for this book. I'm in. 😄 3y
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cathipink I love Lionel Shriver. I know she's not for everyone, but I loved this book and Kevin. 3y
LauraBeth @cathipink I think her writing is so intelligent that she can be mis-understood by some readers. People seem to miss the brilliant depths sometimes. I love that she tries to get readers to wade out of the shallow waters. 3y
Suet624 I may have asked you this before, but have you read So Much For That by Shriver. It‘s genius. She is so good at her job. 😀 3y
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Christine11
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This arrived today @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ! It‘s such a nice post-birthday surprise! Thank you so much lovely 😊💛⭐️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sorry it took so long!!! I hope it was great!!! 💗 4y
Cathythoughts Ahhh lovely 4y
Christine11 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks No worries at all - it‘s really sweet of you - thank you! 💗 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You‘re welcome! 4y
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Amiable
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Told in alternating, parallel-universe chapters that detail the main character‘s life (lives) after a decision point: Should she give in to the urge to kiss a friend at his birthday party – or not? From there, each chapter is split into two parts: what happens in her life if she gives in to temptation and kisses him, and what happens if she doesn‘t. I really liked this book—the writing is clever, intelligent, and witty.

Day 4: #adventrecommends

cassareada This seemed very interesting. I'll have to read this one. 4y
cherinium I thinknI might have this book somewhere--I'm just not sure where that would be. 🤔 4y
Amiable @cassiopia It is really good--Shriver is such a smart writer. I enjoy her works. 4y
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Reviewsbylola
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I wanted to finish my book tonight but the DA on the Chris Watts case released almost 2k pages of documents from the investigation and I have spent hours reading them. 😖😬 Why do I do this to myself?! I am trying to wrap my head around how such a “normal” guy could be such a #psychopath.

Time to put my phone down and read ffs.

#nofemmeber

Billypar I don't know this one, but it's so hard to wrap your mind around how any of these horrific cases between couples in relationships really happen 😔 4y
Loric I don‘t get it at all! It‘s not hard to walk away. People it every day sadly. It‘s mind boggling to me that people do this... 4y
Jinjer Did the other woman know he was plotting to kill his family to be with her I wonder? If so she needs to be in prison too. 4y
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Reviewsbylola Right, and how did he not think he would be caught?! That‘s what really blows me away. @loric I mean, besides the obvious issue of smothering your two young kids. 😟 4y
Reviewsbylola No, but she did know he was married. She claims that she was not the catalyst in this and that Shanann and Chris‘s financial problems were likely what drove him to this but someone on the case (DA maybe) said he thinks she is mistaken and I agree. She didn‘t even know Shanann was pregnant until after she disappeared. To the mistress‘s credit though, she did go to authorities as soon as she knew they were missing. @Jinjer 4y
AmyG This is why I am fascinated by true crime. What drives people to commit a crime like this? 4y
Reviewsbylola Same! His parents implored him at his sentencing to finally give everyone peace and tell what happened that night but I doubt he ever will. And his mom‘s a real piece of work but it seems she now realizes he‘s responsible for this. @amyg 4y
Leftcoastzen How does it happen that you make a mess of your life and decide this horrible act is the way out? If you don‘t know about the Robert Fisher case in Az.a similar horrible situation but he is still at large. 4y
Reviewsbylola I do not know of that case so thanks for giving me another avenue to suck all my time away from me. 🤣🤣 I will definitely look it up. And I agree, I just look at my kids and can‘t even imagine doing what Chris Watts did. It‘s unfathomable. @Leftcoastzen 4y
Cinfhen These are the hardest crimes for me, when it‘s a spouse/parent committing acts against the people you are meant to cherish & protect 😭😭😭😭 4y
Kaye I haven‘t read up much on the case. Yesterday when I took a walk I was listening to a podcast on Neil Entwistle who killed his wife and baby girl. When he was interviewed by phone , they recorded that on the show. I couldn‘t believe how calmly he “ explained “ it . Definitely odd with these guys. I‘m wondering if their wives saw signs of odd behavior or abuse that they never told anyone about. Hard to believe they wouldn‘t show signs ahead. 4y
Bklover Well, I saw this last night and immediately got online to check it out. I have now gone through almost 1400 pages of this! I have been reading it all day! It‘s 3:30 in the afternoon and I‘m still in my pj‘s. The only thing I can hope for is that all this reading counts towards my 24b4Monday. What do you think @TheReadingMermaid !? I have 5 hours and 42 minutes!!!!! 4y
BeansPage @Bklover fantastic start!!!! 4y
Reviewsbylola THANK GOD I‘m not the only one with a problem. 😂 I‘m only on page 1105 but I‘ve been reading it off and on all day. It‘s making me rage. @Bklover I still can‘t fathom that not only did he kill them (and jfc poor Bella fighting for her life) but then shoved their little bodies in those oil tanks. 4y
Reviewsbylola At this point I think he had it planned for a few days. I think he thought he could shove Shanann in the tanks as well and got there and realized there was no way in hell. And I think he would have dug her body up and reburied her elsewhere but he didn‘t realize her friend would alert authorities so quickly. @Bklover 4y
Bklover I agree. I keep thinking how morbid I am but I CAN‘T STOP. I‘ve been shopping but I can‘t wait to get home and get back to it!! And I was so happy to see your post- it‘s nice not to be alone in this obsession ! ❤️❤️❤️ 4y
Reviewsbylola I swear my husband has gotten sick of me asking him to please not kill me. 😂 But that‘s what‘s so terrifying about this case—not one single person saw it coming! I am FORCING myself to stop reading it for the night because it is consuming me. @Bklover 4y
Bklover Me too. Saturday morning and I‘m at it already. Have you ever found where he finally confessed to killing the kids too? I can‘t find it! I am insane. Now I‘m sitting here reading this stuff aloud to my partner. 4y
Reviewsbylola I just finished and I didn‘t see it but I also don‘t think he ever actually admitted it. His atty went to the DA with an offer that he would plead guilty to all counts in exchange for no death sentence. The DA and Shanann‘s family threw around the idea of requiring a full confession as one of the parameters of the deal but ultimately decided that he likely would not agree to that so they dropped it. @Bklover 4y
Bklover So what do you think? So you think there‘s any chance at all that he‘s not lying about the kids?? 4y
Reviewsbylola No, I think the evidence was insurmountable that he killed them and he knew it, so he pled guilty. They were very clearly smothered, not strangled. I also think he planned it in advance. He couldn‘t kill them over the weekend because Shanann would have known if he didn‘t send pictures. Plus he texted that co worker Sunday night about going straight to the job site in the AM, which was uncharacteristic of him. Not to mention Shanann ⬇️ @Bklover 4y
Reviewsbylola had clearly asked him via text to go with her Monday morning to take Bella to her first day of kindergarten, yet he never mentioned to anyone at work that he wouldn‘t be going in in the am and instead made plans to work. So he knew his kid wouldn‘t be starting kindergarten. But the curious part of me wants to know exactly what happened. Did he kill Shanann first after she fell asleep and then the kids? Or were they dead in bed when she came home? 4y
Bklover I agree with you! The smothered not strangled thing was pretty clear, and you don‘t dump your kids in oil if someone else killed them. You‘d call 911 in a panic. I missed the kindergarten/work thing though. I still have some to read but this has been fascinating! And I‘m so happy that I had you to discuss this with! If you run across any more of these let me know!❤️😉❤️ 4y
Bklover Oh, and why in the world did he leave the sheet out in the open! I think he bit off a bit more than he could chew, clearly! (edited) 4y
Reviewsbylola That‘s one of the reasons I think the burial was not planned. I think he meant to shove her in the oil too. If you look at his phone/texts early that morning, he kept trying to confirm that they would not be out there anytime soon, obviously so he had time to bury her. And I agree, you‘re the only person I know that has read the whole thing so I‘m glad you‘ve been as willing to discuss! @Bklover 4y
Reviewsbylola Oh, and I also heard that more discovery documents will be released down the road so I‘ll let you know if I see them pop up! @Bklover 4y
Bklover Great!!❤️❤️❤️ 4y
Jinjer @Reviewsbylola Thanks for the additional info!!! 4y
Reviewsbylola NP, I‘m anxiously awaiting the release of the new documents! @Jinjer (edited) 4y
Cinfhen I really enjoyed that exchange @Bklover @Reviewsbylola and I‘m mildly worried about both of you 😘😘 4y
Bklover Oh, Cindy, 😂😂😂😂😂. Me too!😘😘😘 4y
Reviewsbylola 🤣🤣🤣🤣 I clearly have issues. @Cinfhen 4y
Cinfhen Hahaha 🤗🤗🤗 who doesn‘t have issues @Reviewsbylola @Bklover 💕💕 4y
Reviewsbylola None of it‘s loading for me though. 😖 apparently the system is overwhelmed. @Bklover 4y
Bklover Oooh!! I am so embarrassed at how excited I am about this!!!! 4y
Bklover I can‘t get it to load either. Will keep trying. Thank you!!!! I‘ve been rereading some of the first info. I think I went through it so fast I missed things. I‘m catching a lot more little stuff this time through. Can‘t wait to see this stuff. 4y
Reviewsbylola @Bklover I‘m not sure if you saw, but there are two Chris Watts specials on tomorrow night. One on 20/20 and one on HLN! 4y
Bklover Oh hell yes!!!!! Thanks for letting me know! I‘ll go schedule them both to tape right now! Although between the both of us we probably know way more than they will show!! Can‘t wait to see them. Thanks💛💛💛 4y
Reviewsbylola Hahaha I thought the same thing! I know Shanann‘s parents will be interviewed for 20/20. I pray to god there is an interview with Cindy Watts too. She‘s a real nutcase imo. @Bklover 4y
Bklover Yes! I agree about Cindy. Can‘t wait! 4y
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Reviewsbylola
The Post-Birthday World | Lionel Shriver
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Time for #bathandbook. 🙌🏻 🛁

This is such a finely wrought book about the cross roads in a relationship and the decisions we make. I think the idea of a happy ending would be a #falsehope at this point. I‘m probably about 2/3 through and I‘m beginning to think that Irina is destined to be unhappy.

#nofemmeber

Amiable I really liked this book. Shriver is such a gifted writer. 4y
Billypar I haven't read any Shriver, but from what I've heard, doesn't sound like she's a writer of happy novels 🙄 4y
Cinfhen I haven‘t read this one!!! Need to check it out 🤗🤗🤗 4y
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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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My librarians are the best. I always find AT LEAST three books I want to read on the displays they create. Which one do you think I snagged from this one?

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Purrfectpages
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Haven‘t read any of these yet, but I️ remember reading an intriguing premise or two. #birthday #tuneintonovember

Cinfhen Fun covers 💜💚💗 5y
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BarbaraBB
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Happy #Birthday, @Robothugs!

One night, Irina is playing snooker when a sexy man leans in behind her to adjust the angle of her cue. She can kiss him or choose for the safety of her a bit boring relationship.
In two storylines, the one Irina lives the peaceful, dull life, wondering ‘what if?‘, while the other makes a hurtful decision and suffers accordingly, but also gets the once in a lifetime highs and kicks. An amusing read.
#TuneInToNovember

Cinfhen I love this author...may need to read this one😍 5y
Robothugs Thank you! 😁 This sounds interesting! 5y
Ms_T Happy birthday, @Robothugs! Have a wonderful day 🎉🎉🎉 5y
Robothugs Thank you! 😊 @Ms_T 5y
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JillR
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Irina makes a choice; the story follows that choice, or the alternative had she not made it. I liked the way it was done; the slight differences or altered perspectives depending which story was being told. Yet there were also bits I hated - forays into politics, Britishness & a rant about the NHS. But the snooker! 🙄 Who‘d have thought I‘d get to the end of a book with this much snooker in it, of all things?!

Reviewsbylola This sounds like a great premise and I loved We Need to Talk About Kevin. 5y
JillR @Reviewsbylola I have We Need to Talk About Kevin in my TBR pile but made the mistake of watching the film first... The downside to this one is all the snooker talk, it really did get tedious. I liked the writing style though so not giving up on this author :) 5y
MrsMalaprop WNTTAK is an all time favorite of mine. Post Birthday World was more of a ‘so-so‘. Have you read Big Brother? I thought it was better than this one. Her writing is 👍. 5y
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JillR I‘ve only read this of hers @MrsMalaprop - thank you for the recommendation :) This was only just above a so-so for me, I‘m glad to hear you‘ve enjoyed others so will give her another try 👍 5y
merelybookish I have always liked the movie Sliding Doors and thought this book was like that (in premise at least). 5y
JillR Yes @merelybookish the premise is very similar, and in this book I thought it was nicely done, the alternative stories weren‘t too repetitive, and I liked the subtle change in detail sometimes 👍 5y
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Fridayfilms
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I've started over I don't know how many times, and I still can't seem to retain what I hear. Even the basics - character names, setting - slide right down the sheer cliff face of awareness. It's a shame because, at 24hrs, it's ideal for tomorrow's long haul flight.

What are your favourite books to read on holiday? I need something not too taxing for an anxious animal brain that just can't process flight.

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merelybookish
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One of my favourite comfort movies is Sliding Doors. Lionel Shriver's tagged novel is based on a similar what if? premise. #Timeaftertime, the novel moves back and forth between two possibilities: what happens if Irina stays with her husband and what happens if she leaves him. Neither is clearly the right course.
I liked it when I read it but probably prefer watching pre-Goop Gwyneth Paltrow in Sliding Doors. #augustgrrrl @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Loved sliding doors ❤️ 5y
readinginthedark I forgot about Sliding Doors when I made my list! I love that movie. 5y
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LauraBeth
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46 years old today 😀 So grateful for my friends to be so thoughtful to surprise me with cake at the hospital. It wasn't lost on us that it'd be the last one my mom would be around for. And somehow when you realize that - it actually becomes the best birthday ever - because you appreciate it like you never have before.

LauraBrook Happy birthday, my sweet and beautiful Litsy sister! 💖❤️💖 6y
kspenmoll What wonderful friends! So glad they helped make your last birthday with your mom so special. Hugs❤️ 6y
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LauraBeth Thanks @ValerieAndBooks! Yes - very bittersweet but if there's one thing I've learned in life - it's that there are certain things we can't change so we have to figure out how to deal with it the best we can 💕💕 6y
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Jerdencon
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Only on page 59.... interesting so far.

Reviewsbylola I loved We Need to Talk About Kevin but I am hesitant about this one. 6y
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KerriArista
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Just finished the first chapter- which seems to set he premise... I'm excited. Sounds like it might be similar to the movie "sliding doors"- and I just realized this author, who also wrote "we need to talk about Kevin" is a woman. The name Lionel had me fooled. Anyway- I think I'm gonna like this one a lot!

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Amiable
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There should TOTALLY be a word. Why isn't there a word for it?

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Amiable
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Excited to finally start this--it's been on my shelf for quite a while. Thanks to the "What Should I Read Next?" podcast for the nudge.

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Ais
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Asked for, yet unwanted advice. Who hasn't been that soldier!

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Ais
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The next book from my TBR pile. I really dislike those big obnoxious price stickers! You will notice my abandoned attempt to take it off, as I could feel the book cover coming away with it😕

ReadingEnvy I felt dumb to discover Lionel is a woman. 😜 7y
MyBookLife I have read We need to talk about Kevin, but I didn't like it as much as everyone else seems to. Thinking that I maybe read it at the wrong time and should give it a reread, but I don't know. There are so many other books.. 7y
Ais @ReadingEnvy I did as well:) @MyBookLife I'm of the firm belief that life is too short to read a book you don't enjoy! 7y
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MyBookLife @Ais Me too! But when everyone I usually have the same book taste as loves it I feel like maybe I just read it at the wrong time, and that maybe I missed something. 7y
Bookgirl This is a good one 7y
Ais @MyBookLife that's a good point I never thought of it that way! I'm quite 'opinionated' (read, ranty), when I don't like a book though so I tend to never revisit! I'm obviously not great at admitting when I'm wrong😆 7y
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The Post-Birthday World | Lionel Shriver
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Wow... The premise of this book was so fascinating. For me, it sparked an intense reflection on the meaning of love, desire, comfort vs happiness, settling, and ultimately, how to face the consequences of the choices you make. Such a profoundly satisfying read.

Bookgirl Excellent book! 7y
mllemay @Bookgirl i'm so glad you enjoyed it too! 7y
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