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The Nursery by Szilvia Molnar
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Feb 13, 2024 | ISBN 9780593467787

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“Brilliant . . . an essential and surprisingly thrilling book about motherhood . . . . Molnar’s book, with its nameless protagonist and oppressive non-eventfulness and cool prose, suggests the work of a number of contemporaries — Ottessa Moshfegh, Sheila Heti — but in the end it’s Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s 1892 short story, ‘The Yellow Wallpaper,’ that’s the most apt shelfmate. We are watching a consciousness unravel.”
New York Times

“Molnar has written a daring and much-needed novel that has some of the hothouse, unflinching quality of Sylvia Plath’s late poetry…A powerful brew of a novel, emitting unpleasant sights, smells, and emotions that are rarely captured in print; it is frequently disquieting in its brutal, insistent candor.”

“Molnar’s debut, about the first few sleep-decimated weeks in the life of a new mother…brings this particularly mind-eviscerating state of affairs into startlingly sharp relief in this uncompromising novel. And yet this is also an oddly affirmative novel, alive with a dangerous self-aware humor.”
Daily Mail

“Molnar’s wellspring is universal; her features are particularly of our moment; and her flourishes of darkness let in the sublime…The Nursery deserves to be widely read.”
Compact Magazine

“Told with radical honesty and emotional precision, The Nursery is an essential addition to the growing canon of literary works reckoning with the complexities of motherhood.”
The Millions

The Nursery dares to question the inviolable dictates of a mother’s love when a human is reduced to her suffering”
BOMB Magazine (Editor’s Choice)

“An important, unromanticized look at the instant, drastic changes new motherhood can bring”
Library Journal

“Molnar’s entrancing debut captures the volatile inner life of a woman with postpartum depression…a powerful look at what a new mother endures.”
Publishers Weekly

“A searing portrait of postpartum motherhood written with visceral prose…powerful and haunting.”
Debutiful (“Best Books of 2023 so far”)

“A radical novel…Szilvia Molnar’s astounding debut demonstrates that the intricate workings of the female mind deserve our most reverent attention. I’m obsessed with this book.”  
—Jessamine Chan, New York Times bestselling author of The School for Good Mothers

An essential, singular contribution to the literature of mothering as a human, embodied, fundamentally existential experience.”
—Merritt Tierce, author of Love me Back

“The Nursery dares to put a woman’s body at the center of the story, a book as frightening as it is profound, as gory as it’s beautiful, a reeling vision of postpartum experience unlike any.” 
—Louisa Hall, author of Speak and Trinity

“With unsparing, hypnotic, and fearless prose, Szilvia Molnar captures the texture, rhythms, and agonies of the post-partum body and mind. The Nursery is a work of devastating elegance.”
—Patrick Cottrell, author of Sorry to Disrupt the Peace
“A concise, powerful novel on bringing art and life into the world, by a beautiful prose stylist. Molnar’s precision and phenomenal ear for language gives us new words for the oldest experience.”
—Lydia Kiesling, author of The Golden State

“Szilvia Molnar’s portrait of the postpartum world is ruthlessly true and exacting. It was electrifying to experience the days of early motherhood through Molnar’s razor sharp realism and wit.”
—Rita Bullwinkel, author of Belly Up: Stories

“Szilvia Molnar’s debut is a fierce psychological novel…The Nursery is powered by the shape of Molnar’s imagination but also the brutal truth of personal experience.”
—Jessica Anthony, author of Enter the Aardvark

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