Nice Big American Baby Judy Budnitz has a tone all her own. Call it everyday surreal. In "Where We Come From," a woman refuses to give birth for four… Nice Big American Baby Judy Budnitz has a tone all her own. Call it everyday surreal. In "Where We Come From," a woman refuses to give birth for four… 2005-02-08 Fiction Knopf
Book Review

Nice Big American Baby (2005)

EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Feb 08, 2005; Writer: Judy Budnitz; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Knopf

Judy Budnitz has a tone all her own. Call it everyday surreal. In ''Where We Come From,'' a woman refuses to give birth for four years — ''She looks like a spider, round, fat body, limbs like sticks'' — as she tries to sneak across the border so her child will be born American. In ''Saving Face,'' an imprisoned woman tells her captors a story of love, obsession, art, and propaganda that explains why she really isn't the reviled prime minister of a mysterious dictatorship. ''Visitors'' channels Joyce Carol Oates and Flannery O'Connor in the story of a pedestrian day gone queasily, perhaps permanently, wrong. Nice Big American Baby is jarring, humane, funny, and so lively it practically buzzes.

Originally posted Feb 07, 2005 Published in issue #806 Feb 11, 2005 Order article reprints
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