The Mothers: A Novel

The Mothers: A Novel

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… (more)

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Editorial reviews (3 reviews)


"The Mothers" is a lunatic lullaby about one woman's desire for a baby and for the transformative magic she hopes that child will bring.

“The Mothers” is a spirited and admirably frank novel. Gilmore is at her best when describing the darker details of the ordeal, imbuing the moments of distress with authenticity and a deft, ironic humor.

Lovely as it is, the novel feels like a memoir — a memoir in which random, arbitrary details have been changed.


Book Details  


Publisher: Scribner (April 09, 2013)

Collection: Scribner

Parent ISBN: 9781451697865

Page count: 288 pages

File size: 1.1 MB

Language: English


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