Elisa Albert “Human Blues” Book Discussion

Join novelist and essayist ELISA ALBERT—author of After Birth—for a discussion of her new book “Human Blues: A Novel.”


[In Conversation with Arianna Rebolini]
July 6 @ 7:00 pm
P&T Knitwear
180 Orchard St
New York, New York 10002
Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/elisa-albert-presents-human-blues-with-arianna-rebolini-tickets-363186609927

[In Conversation with Hawa Allan]
July 7 @ 7:30 pm
Greenlight Bookstore – Fulton
686 Fulton St
Brooklyn, New York 11217
Registration Link: https://www.greenlightbookstore.com/event/elisa-albert-hawa-allan

[In Conversation with Merritt Tierce]
July 12 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, California
Registration Link: https://www.booksoup.com/event/elisa-albert-conversation-merritt-tierce-discusses-human-blues

[In Conversation with Kimberly King Parsons]
July 14 @ 7:00 pm
Powell’s Books
1005 W Burnside St
Portland, Oregon 97209
More Details: https://www.powells.com/events-update

Monday July 18, 2022 7:00 PM ET
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
More Details: https://www.harvard.com/event/elisa_albert/

About the Author:

Elisa Albert is the author of After BirthThe Book of DahliaHow This Night Is Different, and editor of the anthology Freud’s Blind Spot. Her stories and essays have appeared in TimeThe GuardianThe New York Timesn+1Bennington ReviewTin HouseMichigan Quarterly ReviewThe Literary Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She lives in upstate New York.

About the Book:

From an author whose writing has been praised as “blistering” (The New Yorker), “virtuosic” (The Washington Post), and “brilliant” (The New York Times) comes a provocative and entertaining novel about a woman who desperately wants a child but struggles to accept the use of assisted reproductive technology—a hilarious and ferocious send-up of feminism, fame, art, commerce, and autonomy.

On the eve of her fourth album, singer-songwriter Aviva Rosner is plagued by infertility. The twist: as much as Aviva wants a child, she is wary of technological conception, and has poured her ambivalence into her music. As the album makes its way in the world, the shock of the response from fans and critics is at first exciting—and then invasive and strange. Aviva never wanted to be famous, or did she? Meanwhile, her evolving obsession with another iconic musician, gone too soon, might just help her make sense of things.

Told over the course of nine menstrual cycles, Human Blues is a bold, brainy, darkly funny, utterly original interrogation of our cultural obsession with childbearing. It’s also the story of one fearless woman at the crossroads, ruthlessly questioning what she wants and what she’s willing—or not willing—to do to get it.

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