The Nursery Book Talk

Start date
2023-03-28 19:00:00
End date
2023-03-28 20:00:00
Address / City
58 Park Ave New York City
Swedish novelist Szilvia Molnar joins us to discuss The Nursery, her remarkable, transgressive debut novel about maternal fear and its looming madness, out March 21 from Pantheon!

Withering in the maternal prison of her apartment, a new mother, Miffo, finds herself spiraling into a state of complete disaffection. As a translator, she is usually happy to spend her days as the invisible interpreter. But now home alone with her newborn, she is ill at ease with this state of perpetual giving, carrying, feeding. The instinct to keep her baby safe conflicts with the intrusive thoughts of causing the baby harm, and she struggles to reclaim her identity just as it seems to dissolve from underneath her.

Feeling isolated from her supportive but ineffectual husband, she strikes up a tentative friendship with her ailing upstairs neighbor, Peter, who hushes the baby with his oxygen tank in tow. But they are both running out of time; something is soon to crack.

Joyful early days of her pregnancy mingle with the anxious arrival of the baby, and culminate in a painful confrontation – mostly, between our narrator and herself. Striking and emotive, The Nursery shows how fragile and sometimes Kafkaesque postpartum days can be, and how vital love is to pull anyone out from the dark.

Registration is required.

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