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Literature / Nutshell

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Nutshell is the fourteenth novel written by Ian McEwan.

A young woman is in love. The problem? She's married to someone else, but doesn't love him in the slightest. She basically lives with her lover, and they ravish each other in ways she would never wish to do with her husband. When he visits with a young woman he announces as a new love, however, only one thought enters her mind: kill him.

The catch of the book? It's narrated from the perspective of the unborn child in the woman's womb.

The book was released in 2016.


Nutshell contains examples of:

  • No Ending: The book ends with the child being born while his mother and her lover are packing their bags.
  • One-Word Title
  • Pregnancy Does Not Work That Way: Really, a woman should not be drinking wine when pregnant. Of course, it doesn't seem to effect the baby in any way besides temporarily dulling its senses.
  • Shipper on Deck: The unborn child wishes his mother would go back to his father, until he announces his new girlfriend.


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