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The School for Good Mothers: A Novel

The School for Good Mothers: A Novel

Written by Jessamine Chan

Narrated by Catherine Ho


The School for Good Mothers: A Novel

Written by Jessamine Chan

Narrated by Catherine Ho

ratings:
4/5 (76 ratings)
Length:
11 hours
Released:
Jan 4, 2022
ISBN:
9781797135458
Format:
Audiobook

Editor's Note

Dystopian drama…

A scathing commentary on the assumptions and stereotypes about mothers and the government powers that separate families, Chan’s dystopian drama is a page-turner. Frida Liu’s recent divorce may be the last straw, but at least she has her 18-month-old daughter — until she doesn’t. When the single mom leaves her child home alone for two hours, she’s sent to a rehabilitation facility where she must be a surrogate mother to other children in order to earn back her own.

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An Instant New York Times Bestseller

A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick

In this taut and explosive debut novel, one lapse in judgement lands a young mother in a government reform program where custody of her child hangs in the balance.

Frida Liu is struggling. She doesn’t have a career worthy of her Chinese immigrant parents’ sacrifices. She can’t persuade her husband, Gust, to give up his wellness-obsessed younger mistress. Only with Harriet, their cherubic daughter, does Frida finally attain the perfection expected of her. Harriet may be all she has, but she is just enough.

Until Frida has a very bad day.

The state has its eyes on mothers like Frida. The ones who check their phones, letting their children get injured on the playground; who let their children walk home alone. Because of one moment of poor judgment, a host of government officials will now determine if Frida is a candidate for a Big Brother-like institution that measures the success or failure of a mother’s devotion.

Faced with the possibility of losing Harriet, Frida must prove that a bad mother can be redeemed. That she can learn to be good.

A searing page-turner that is also a transgressive novel of ideas about the perils of “perfect” upper-middle class parenting; the violence enacted upon women by both the state and, at times, one another; the systems that separate families; and the boundlessness of love, The School for Good Mothers introduces, in Frida, an everywoman for the ages. Using dark wit to explore the pains and joys of the deepest ties that bind us, Chan has written a modern literary classic.
Released:
Jan 4, 2022
ISBN:
9781797135458
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Jessamine Chan’s short stories have appeared in Tin House and Epoch. A former reviews editor at Publishers Weekly, she holds an MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts and a BA from Brown University. Her work has received support from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Wurlitzer Foundation, the Jentel Foundation, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, the Anderson Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Ragdale Foundation. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.


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  • (2/5)
    Quite possibly the worst book I’ve read. The story line was good but without giving anything away I just didn’t like it
  • (1/5)
    I couldn’t get past the end of the 1st Chapter. Just now for me. Got Vulgar.
  • (2/5)
    Such a depressing drag. Have no idea why this was recommended as a bookclub pick.
  • (1/5)
    Incredible dark, far from reality...LANGUAGE! I choose this book because it was a Jenna Bush Hager choice. Now I'm wondering if she actually reads the books she recommends.