The urge to run away is a familiar feeling, but most don't act on it, especially when five months pregnant. In Paula Bomer's bold and at times hilarious portrait "Nine Months," the protagonist Sonia flees her two young sons and husband and embarks on a months-long solo road trip as she reluctantly awaits the birth of her first daughter.
Reminiscent of Jim Jarmusch's film "Broken Flowers" and writers like A.M. Homes and Linda Grant, "Nine Months" follows Sonia as she pays visits to the most important people and places in her past in an attempt to gain a better foothold on her future. Sonia is utterly defeated when she drives away from her apartment in the affluent Brooklyn neighborhood of Cobble Hill one morning. Fed up with the monotony of motherhood and marriage and her competitive peers, and disheartened by her sidelined artistic dreams, Sonia forces herself through a gantlet of humbling and harrowing experiences, as cathartic and enlightening for the reader as they are for the character.