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The End We Start From

by Megan Hunter

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The End We Start From by Megan Hunter
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  • First Published:
    Nov 2017, 160 pages
    Paperback:
    Sep 2018, 144 pages

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A searing, modern-day parable of rebirth and renewal, of maternal bonds, and the instinct to survive and thrive in the absence of all that's familiar.

The End We Start From is a debut literary novel penned in a lyrical style similar to a journal. Water imagery flows throughout, connecting an amniotic dream-state of pregnancy, birth, and nursing with a cataclysmic flood that displaces millions of people from London and the surrounding area. The first-person narrator never names herself; in this sense she's an archetypal everywoman or, more specifically, an archetypal new mother. She refers to other characters by initials. Her beloved is R and their infant son will be named Z.

Under the surface, this is a flow-of-consciousness story about the terrors of new motherhood, recounting the emotional, physical, and spiritual adjustments one makes. The exterior plot is a survival struggle, where a young family escapes their flooded London flat, seeking refuge in a series of more or less risky situations. These two strands of narrative are ...

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