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The School for Good Mothers
The School for Good Mothers: A Novel | Jessamine Chan
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 doesnt have a career worthy of her Chinese immigrant parents sacrifices. Whats worse is she cant persuade her husband, Gust, to give up his wellness-obsessed younger mistress. Only with their angelic daughter Harriet does Frida finally feel shes attained the perfection expected of her. Harriet may be all she has, but shes just enough. Until Frida has a horrible day. The state has its eyes on mothers like Fridaones who check their phones while their kids are on the playground; who let their children walk home alone; in other words, mothers who only have one lapse of judgement. Now, a host of government officials will determine if Frida is a candidate for a Big Brother-like institution that measures the success or failure of a mothers devotion. Faced with the possibility of losing Harriet, Frida must prove that she can live up to the standards set for mothersthat she can learn to be good. This propulsive, witty page-turner explores the perils of perfect upper-middle-class parenting, the violence enacted upon women by the state and each other, and the boundless love a mother has for her daughter. The School for Good Mothers is haunting and unforgettable, and I'm in awe of Jessamine Chans mind. Liz Moore, New York Times bestselling author of Long Bright River
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Lauren.Archer
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I loved the book for all the emotions I had reading. This is not a joyful read by any means, but such a powerful story that does not feel so far fetched. If you love The Handmaid‘s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Vox by Christina Dalcher or Red Clocks by Leni Zumas this might be the book for you. This will be a great book for book clubs as there is a ton to unpack and debate throughout.

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Chelsea.Poole
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Love unexpected book mail, especially when the cover art is so pretty 🪴📖📫💕
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This is a dystopian look at how policing parents could go really wrong. Frida has a melt down one day and makes a mistake. Her child, who was not harmed, is taken away and she is sent away to parenting school for an entire year. It's pretty ridiculous. But it's meant to be. I really liked it.

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Pub date is 1/4/2022
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Well-ReadNeck
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Sooooo many good books about motherhood this year. This one has some Handmaid‘s Tale vibes. #ARC #netgalley

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My first 2022 bookmail

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Alfoster
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Wow. Just finished this one—both haunting and chilling! The Handmaid‘s Tale meets 1984. Frida had a “bad day” and left her young child alone for 2 hours and is then sent to a year-long school that teaches parents to be “better.” Good look at a dystopian society that is judgmental and frightening in its severity!
Thanks to #NetGalley for this ARC

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