The Mothers

The Mothers

A Novel

Book - 2013
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A taut, emotionally gripping novel about one couple's passionate desire for a child and their heartrending journey through adoption--from a critically acclaimed writer whose "voice is at turns wise and barbed with sharp humor" ( Vanity Fair ).

Poignant, raw, and insightful, Jennifer Gilmore's third novel is an unforgettable story of love, family, and motherhood. With a "voice [that is] at turns wise and barbed with sharp humor" ( Vanity Fair ) , Gilmore lays bare the story of one couple's ardent desire for a child and their emotional journey through adoption.

Jesse and Ramon are a loving couple, but after years spent unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant, they turn to adoption, relieved to think that once they navigate the bureaucratic path to parent-hood they will have a happy ending. But nothing has prepared them for the labyrinthine process--for the many training sessions and approvals; for the constant advice from friends, strangers, and "experts"; for the birthmothers who contact them but don't ultimately choose them; or even, most shockingly, for the women who call claiming they've chosen Jesse and Ramon but who turn out never to have been pregnant in the first place.

Jennifer Gilmore's eloquence about the human heart--its frailties and complexities--and her razor-sharp observations about race, class, culture, and changing family dynamics are spectacularly combined in this powerful novel. Suffused with passion and fury, The Mothers is a taut, gripping, and satisfying book that will stay with readers long after they turn the last page.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2013.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781451697254
Characteristics: 277 pages ;,24 cm


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A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: Jennifer Gilmore has crafted a book that captures the heartache of wanting a child and the obstacles one couple endures to become parents. Faced with infertility and years of medical interventions, Jesse and Ramon embark on their final option - open adoption. "The Mothers" paints a realistic view of the sorrows and dreams of one's desires, the searing hopes and emotional rollercoaster ride to become what seems like a simple thing - a mother. Having gone through my own rollercoaster to become a mother, this novel reminded me of my brief heartache but more importantly, reminded me that I was one of the lucky ones...and became a mother.

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