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Womb: A Novel in Utero

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  10 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Penny is reluctant to tell her husband, Jack, that she's pregnant. With dead-end jobs and unfulfilled lives, she believes that they're not ready to support a child. When Jack finds out the truth about their child's conception, Penny must reevaluate the priorities in her life. With unpredictable twists and thought-provoking fetus commentary, the narrator shares his bumpy jo ...more
Paperback, 330 pages
Published March 21st 2017 by Merge Publishing
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Sally Whitney
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Womb’s main character offers such a fresh approach to point of view that it kept me turning pages throughout the novel to see what this tiny narrator was going to say next. Safely sheltered inside his mother, this unborn fetus knows what’s happening in the outside world, especially concerning his parents, who have a lot of problems. I came to the novel expecting to take a leap of faith about this little narrator, but Goodman explains his abilities so skillfully, I never felt the need to question ...more
Anika Titly
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Unusual, Unique, and Unexpected!

“Suspension” of disbelief takes on a whole new meaning with this book. Eric D. Goodman’s Womb: a novel in utero is one of the most unusual books I’ve read. I mean that in a good way. The main story involves the parents of the unborn narrator, and they go through enough drama to make for a good soap opera season. But seen through the mind of the narrator in utero, everything is put through a unique filter. Add to the drama of the outside world some of the unexpecte
Zakir Hasan
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really like his writing.
Linda Franklin
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Have you wondered if you were being discrete enough around a nearby fetus? Read Eric Goodman's new book WOMB. He worked on it 10+ years, so there is no reason to assume or find a connection to Ian McEwan's book Nutshell.

We all know at least one unreliable narrator, in person: Someone who claims to be the best, always, a person who lies even about the smallest thing, a clownish person who jokes and japes even about serious things.

You might not want to believe that a dividing zygote has a mind,
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it

I was given a copy of this book for an honest review.

Womb: A Novel in Utero by Eric D. Goodman is an adult fiction book told from the perspective of an unborn child. Penny wasn’t ready to be a mother. Her life wasn’t where she expected it to be and the circumstances of her pregnancy were also unplanned and completely unexpected. Ignoring the life growing inside her and terrified of confessing the truth of her pregnancy to her husband Jack, Penny’s guilt an
Joe Zeppetello
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This novel takes a very unique point of view, as the narrator is a fetus in the womb of Penny, a thirty-something who is married to Jack. Both are unfulfilled in their aspirations, and both seem ambivalent about becoming parents. Penny even more so because of details that are revealed as the book moves on.
The narrator possesses all knowledge; this is a tribute to Plato who felt that when our souls dwelt among the forms, they had absolute knowledge of all things. After we are born, then we forget
Ben Shaberman
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
A unique and intriguing perspective of life inside the womb.
Tony Perzow
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A book that shows what it means to be alive

Womb: a novel in utero is an inspiring work of fiction. Even though the narrator of the book hasn’t even been born yet, he shows the reader what it means to be alive. In a creative and innovative way, Goodman has the narrator not only express his own experiences and views, but also tap into his mother’s emotions, experiences, and situations. Being able to experience the things in his mom’s life along with her takes the reader into the outside world, but
Eric Goodman
Mar 25, 2017 is currently reading it  ·  (Review from the author)
Spring, a time of renewal and birth. A perfect time to read WOMB: A NOVEL IN UTERO.

I may be a bit biased as the father of this book, but it's worth a read, if I do say so myself.
Christina Francine
Apr 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Eric D. Goodman
Merge Publishing, Finger Lakes, New York
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261 pages, $3.99 Kindle, $17.96 Paperback

Goodman begins his story around the belief that people are born with “common knowledge.” In other words, they already have a certain understanding, and the longer they live, the more they learn this enlightenment fades. His main character is an embryo th
Mindy Troge
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
An engaging read from a unique perspective, Womb is unlike anything I’ve read before.
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Eric D. Goodman is the author of six books, including THE COLOR OF JADEITE (Loyola’s Apprentice House Press, 2020), SETTING THE FAMILY FREE (Apprentice House, 2019), WOMB: A NOVEL IN UTERO (Merge Publishing, 2017), TRACKS: A NOVEL IN STORIES (Atticus Books, 2011) FLIGHTLESS GOOSE (Writer’s Lair Books, 2008), and the forthcoming WRECKS AND RUINS (Apprentice House Press).

Born in San Jose, Californi

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