Fall Reading: Paula Bomer’s Nine Months

A couple of months ago, The Narrator brought you a list of our contributors’ hopes and dreams for summer reading. I contributed to this list, and quite honestly, I didn’t quite make it to my selections. (I hang my head in shame, but I swear: I did read pretty awesome stuff this summer). This failure, though, has not stopped me from adding a few items to my fall reading list.

I always look forward to late-August/early-September. As the year winds down and the weather declines, we’re given great excuses reasons to hide out indoors. A new crop of “thinking films” hits theaters, but even better, the true action of the publishing industry really gets under way, with more deep-n-heavy books coming out than you could possibly hope to absorb over the holidays and fall breaks.

But there’s no harm in trying. The first book on my list this fall: Paula Bomer’s debut novel Nine Months, which comes out August 21.

I never pre-order books, but as of yesterday, I’ve become That Person with this novel:
Sonia, a young Brooklyn mother shaken by her unexpected (third) pregnancy, abandons her husband and kids and takes off on a cross-country odyssey in search of an identity separate from her family. She does everything a pregnant woman shouldn’t do—engaging in casual sex and smoking weed—as she retraces her past and attempts to reclaim her sidelined career as an artist. Nine Months is a fierce, daring page-turner of a novel—a lacerating response to the culture of mommy blogs, helicopter parents and “parental correctness” as well as an unflinching look at the choices women face when trying to balance art and family. — BookCourt.com

Perhaps it’s the “Brooklyn mommy story” or maybe the domestic angle to the idea of a “struggling artist.” Or maybe I just expect Bomer’s novel to ease me back into the deep-n-heavy of my fall season. Whatever the appeal, you can check back September 4 for a full review.

Before then, come to your own conclusions about Nine Months at BookCourt (163 Court Street) on Thursday, August 23. The Brooklyn bookstore will host Nine Month‘s release party, and Bomer will be on hand for a Q&A.

What’s on your fall reading list? Tell us in the comments!