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Human Blues

Elisa Albert


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Compact Disc (7/5/2022)


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.

Praise For Human Blues

Praise for Elisa Albert

“Shockingly moving.” The Boston Globe

“Compelling.” The Guardian

“Without a shred of sentimentality.” People

“Virtuosic.” The Washington Post

“Blistering.” The New Yorker

“Obscene.” The New York Times

“[A] revelation.'' —Jenny Offill

“Thought-provoking.” —Lydia Davis

“Gutsy.” —Sam Lipsyte

“The real thing.” —Erica Jong

“Bukowski with a vagina and a motherfucker of a hangover.” —Shalom Auslander

“Exhilaratingly honest.” —Karen Russell

“Wildly entertaining.” —Jayne Anne Phillips

Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster, 9781982167868, 416pp.

Publication Date: July 5, 2022

About the Author

Elisa Albert is the author of After Birth, The Book of Dahlia, the short story collection How This Night Is Different, and the editor of the anthology Freud’s Blind Spot. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Tin HouseThe New York TimesPost RoadThe GuardianGulf CoastLos Angeles Review of BooksThe BelieverThe Rumpus, Time Magazine, on NPR, and in many anthologies. Albert grew up in Los Angeles and received an MFA from Columbia University, where she was a Lini Mazumdar Fellow. A recipient of the Moment magazine emerging writer award and a finalist for the Sami Rohr Prize, she has received fellowships from The Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Djerassi, Vermont Studio Center, The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in Holland, the HWK in Germany, and the Amsterdam Writer’s Residency. She lives with her family in upstate New York.