My third novel, Eleven Hours, was published by Tin House Books in May 2016. It was named an NPR Best Book of 2016, a Kirkus Best Fiction Book of 2016, a New Yorker Books We Loved in 2016 selection, a Literary Hub Best Book of 2016, and an Entropy Best Fiction Book of 2016, after receiving praise from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Huffington Post, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, and other media. It garnered starred reviews from the top trade journals Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Library Journal, and was a Publishers Weekly's Pick of the Week. Eleven Hours was featured on several "most anticipated" lists, including Flavorwire, The Millions, The Week, The National Book Review, and Literary Hub.
The novel, about a woman in labor and the nurse who attends her, was described by The New York Times as "an indelible portrait of two women coming to terms with the desire, fear, crushing losses and fragile joys that have carved their lives . . . Erens beautifully evokes [labor's] insistent rhythms and protective deliriums." The Boston Globe wrote: "Pamela Erens achieves the extraordinary: a visceral story about an intensely painful experience that manages to be an intense pleasure to read."