The Mothers

By Jennifer Gilmore
(Scribner Book Company, Hardcover, 9781451697254, 277pp.)

Publication Date: April 9, 2013

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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.




About the Author
Jennifer Gilmore is the author "Golden Country", a 2006" New York Times "Notable Book and a finalist for the "Los Angeles Times "Book Prize and the National Jewish Book Award, and "Something Red", a "New York Times "Notable Book of 2010. Her work has appeared in "Allure, "the "Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Vogue, "and "The Washington Post. "She lives in Brooklyn.


NPR
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

After years trying to conceive, novelist Jennifer Gilmore and her husband decided to adopt. What they thought would be a relatively simple process was instead a long and painful one. In her latest novel, Gilmore channels these autobiographical experiences into fiction. More at NPR.org

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