The Mothers

Author:  Jennifer Gilmore              

Publisher:  Scribner
Pages:  288
Genre:  Adoption
Source: Edelweiss

Goodreads:  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.

Ope’s Opinion:   If you are interested in adopting or have adopted, you will probably relate to this book.    Some parts of the book were too detailed for me – for example – when they were ordering dinner, I felt like  I was told too much about the meal they ordered and not enough about the conversation they were having.
                                     The characters were real.  When reading this book you will probably relate to one of the characters, if you have ever been in this position or were with someone who was going through the adoption process. 

                                      I felt like I was reading someone diary about adoption.  It did not feel like a work of fiction.


Rating:  Three Chairs – I like the book enough to suggest it to a friend or two.

        FTC – Disclosure of Material Connection: 
      I received one copy of this book free of charge from Edelweiss.
    I was not required to write a positive review
     in exchange for receipt of the book;
    rather the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


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