The Post-Birthday World: A Novel by Lionel ShriverThe Post-Birthday World: A Novel by Lionel Shriver

The Post-Birthday World: A Novel

byLionel Shriver

Paperback | February 26, 2008

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American children's book illustrator Irina McGovern enjoys a secure, settled life in London with her smart, loyal, disciplined partner, Lawrence—until the night she finds herself inexplicably drawn to kissing another man, a passionate, extravagant, top-ranked snooker player. Two competing alternate futures hinge on this single kiss, as Irina's decision—to surrender to temptation or to preserve her seemingly safe partnership with Lawrence—will have momentous consequences for her career, her friendships and familial relationships, and the texture of her daily life.

Lionel Shriver's novels includeThe New Republic,So Much for That,The Post-Birthday World, and the international bestsellerWe Need to Talk About Kevin. Her journalism has appeared inThe Guardian, theNew York Times, theWall Street Journal, and many other publications.
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Title:The Post-Birthday World: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.87 inPublished:February 26, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061187895

ISBN - 13:9780061187896

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Neat concept I really enjoyed the concept of showing what happens when Irina goes down both paths, but the book was way too long. I found sometimes she went on and on for nothing and skimmed a lot of this stuff.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderfully written story about what would have, could have happened if a different choice had been made. Shriver does an amazing job of pulling you into the storyline, fleshing out characters, and pulling you towards the ending (which is also great). An engaging read that's made me a Shriver fan.
Date published: 2014-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed it This was a really fun read. The parallels were really fun to see and the ending really tied the whole thing together nicely. A little difficult to read at times but I would overall recommend it.
Date published: 2010-09-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Unfortunate Disappointment I didn't understand the hype surrounding this book. I felt that Shriver's writing and characters were as grey and rainy as an English night in the spring.
Date published: 2008-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect parallels. this book was wonderful. it explores the what ifs in decision making. ever wonder what would happen if you did one thing instead of another? this book is a great account of just that. two worlds of possibility that are each equally probable. shriver's characters were incredibly convincing - had me jumping back and forth between which character i was rooting for!
Date published: 2008-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from No Sliding Doors Here... I really enjoyed The Post-Birthday World. Lionel Shriver was able to seamlessly transition between both stories treating both equally with a sense of humanity.
Date published: 2008-08-08

Editorial Reviews

“Best novel of ‘07.”