31-year-old Rita is lying in bed one night when she realizes she has carelessly misplaced her uterus—probably at the mall, right after she stopped at the shoe store. With the aid of a famous white-haired talk show host and an activist group called The Fruitless Wombs, Rita’s plight sets off a hilarious chain reaction of fervent soul-searching and bizarre reproductive mishaps. Men, women, and even dogs, are caught up in the saga—until Rita does what no one would have expected. Fresh, funny, sexy, and though-provoking!
1995 Paterson Prize for Fiction Finalist
1995 FAB Award for Fiction Finalist
“Ex Utero is a womb’s eye view, a womb with a view, of the inner (biological) lives of women. At once absurdist, serious, and original—Laurie Foos has an unforgettable voice like no other—this is a cunning and scary first novel.” —Jonathan Baumbach
“This absurdist first novel, spiced with graphic language about human anatomy, pokes holes in a lot of stale notions about sexuality, fertility, and fulfillment.” —Library Journal
“A landmark in latter day post-Communist fiction. The birth of a new refined notion of sisterhood . . . and excellent flagship for a new wave to set sail behind.” —Fay Weldon, Los Angeles Times Book Review
“A winning urban fairy tale that blows the delicacies of reproductive capabilities to kingdom come.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer