Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens is the story of two pregnant women. One in the midst of labor, and the other secretly pregnant. One is the patient at the hospital, and one is the nurse. Through out this story we get to see how each woman feels, and how they have come to be where they are with in these eleven hours.
Lore shows up at the hospital in between contractions, and she’s all alone. This seems to be strange to the nursing staff, especially Franckline, one of the nurses. She claims that even prostitutes usually have someone to care for them in the hospital! Lore has a huge list of what she does and does not want for her labor, and it seems like Franckline can’t go along with most of them.
When things start to get complicated with Lore’s labor, Franckline keeps calm so that she can care for Lore. The women struggle with different things, Lore with a difficult labor, a love triangle and the fact that she is no longer in control of getting this child into the world. Franckline deals with her own mess of feelings that come with being a nurse, a mother to be, and a lover. These two women meet by chance, but it seems that destiny has brought them together.
This book was super short, less than 200 pages, and yet it packed a huge punch. There is no feeling of not getting enough of the story, and the pace is perfect. From a woman who had a difficult birth, the fact that Lore goes through so many things while trying to get her child into the world, was heart wrenching and made me feel for her. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.