The Mothers (Hardcover)
Scribner Book Company, 9781451697254, 277pp.
Publication Date: April 9, 2013
Praise For The Mothers…
"The Mothers is a searing examination of the very human desire to be that seemingly simple thing: a mother. Jennifer Gilmore explores the emotional depth and breadth of mothering with raw honesty and her signature grace." —Ann Hood author of The Red Thread and The Knitting Circle
"With a deft touch, lacerating humor, and a gaze at once steely and tenderhearted, Jennifer Gilmore takes us deep into the experience of maternal desire. This is a thoughtful, emotionally resonant and intimate novel."
—Dani Shapiro, author of Devotion and Slow Motion
"Motherhood, like all great topics for a novel, can overwhelm. It's a massive subject with many aspects; how to even approach it? Jennifer Gilmore jumps in, beautifully, in The Mothers, which explores the deep and plangent desire for a child, but also takes on the epic state of contemporary motherhood itself: its status, its limitations, its pleasures and sorrows, and the fantasies that inevitably surround it. This well-observed exploration of maternity both day-to-day and existential has the ache of longing at its heart, and the result is both broad and personal, and always engaging.”
“I couldn't stop reading it—it had the harrowing qualities of a psychological thriller, the comedy of a familiar Jewish family, and was alternately hysterically funny and heartbreaking. It is down to the bone stripped-bare honest.”
“Heartfelt….Though often painful to read, thiscandid account at once embraces ‘the possibility for anything’.”
“Gilmore has written a humane, realistic novel ofthe penetrating sorrow of people deprived by biology of their overwhelming needto be parents and of the harrowing, obstacle-riddled path to adoption.”
“A wrenching examination of parenthood that ends on a hopeful note.”
“[Readers] will embrace Gilmore’s willingness to probe deeply into her ugliest feelings.”
“With scalpel-like precision, Ms. Gilmore takes apart the standard adoptive-parent narrative….Gilmore is a gifted novelist.”
“Faced with the incredibly daunting tasking of doing justice to such a universal and intricate subject, Gilmore rises exquisitely to the occasion….unflinching, touching, and even laugh-out-loud funny.”