By Rivka Galchen
New Directions, May 17, 2016

Little Labors is a slanted, enchanted literary miscellany. Varying in length from just a sentence or paragraph to a several-page story or essay, Galchen’s puzzle pieces assemble into a shining, unpredictable, mordant picture of the ordinary-extraordinary nature of babies and literature. Anecdotal or analytic, each part opens up an odd and tender world of wonder.


Selected Praise

“Galchen does something more profound than tackle motherhood; she utterly reinvents and reanimates the subject.” —Christopher Bollen, Interview Magazine

An engaging mind offers refections on being a mother, being a writer, and having a baby.” —Kirkus Reviews

“I adore Galchen’s quiet, and the bravery of this book’s fragments.” Sarah Ruhl, The New York Times Book Review


About the Author

RIVKA GALCHEN’s 2008 first novel Atmospheric Disturbances and her 2014 story collection American Innovations were both New York Times Best Books of the Year. She received her MD from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. “Conspicuously talented” (Time), Galchen lives in New York City.


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