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Other Mother
     

Other Mother

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by Gwendolen Gross
 

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ISBN-10: 0307352927

ISBN-13: 2900307352926

Pub. Date: 08/07/2007

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Amanda is a successful book editor at a prominent publishing house in New York City. Thea is a stay-at-home mother of three who has never really left the community in which she grew up. Amanda, eight months’ pregnant with her first child, and her husband move in next door to Thea and her family, and the two women find themselves both drawn to and repelled by

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Amanda is a successful book editor at a prominent publishing house in New York City. Thea is a stay-at-home mother of three who has never really left the community in which she grew up. Amanda, eight months’ pregnant with her first child, and her husband move in next door to Thea and her family, and the two women find themselves both drawn to and repelled by each other and their opposing choices in the constant struggle to balance career and family life.

When a disaster forces Amanda and her family to take refuge in Thea’s home, the underlying tensions simmering between them are forced to the surface-and even more so when Thea fills in as Amanda’s temporary nanny. But once dead animals start appearing on Thea’s front porch-surely a macabre gift from Amanda?-the battle with “the other mother” begins in earnest.

With a keen eye for what pulls us apart and what brings us together, Gwendolen Gross has created a stunning, dark, suspenseful novel that is as brave as it is shocking.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900307352926
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/07/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320

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Other Mother 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book until I got about two-thirds of the way through. Not to give anything away, but one of the main points of the plot (involving dead animals left on Thea's property) was, to me, simply not credible. Still, though, the characters were establshed beautifully, and the author articulates the 'Mommy Wars' (working mom vs. 'stay-at-home' mom)in an insightful, intelligent way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely was drawn in by this haunting story and could not put it down! The characters are wonderful and real. Don't miss it even if you are not a mom yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Told in the alternating voices of Thea, a stay-at-home mom, and Amanda, a working mom, The Other Mother probes deep into the mommy wars issue. With their very different life choices, can these neighbors really get along? The tension mounts as Amanda is forced to live with Thea¿s family and Thea becomes the caregiver for Amanda¿s new daughter. The reader will be quickly drawn into Thea¿s and Amanda¿s lives and the struggles they encounter as they try to live out the motherhood styles they have chosen. Whether reading as an individual or for a book group, The Other Mother will challenge and engage you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having been The Other Mother on both sides of the Mommy Wars fence, I was extremely excited to read The Other Mother by Gwendolyn Gross. It tells the story of stay-at-home Thea, striving for perfection as a mom to three children, and Amanda, a new mother who doesn¿t want to give up the career she has made for herself or being the woman she was before she became a mother. When a disaster strikes, Amanda and her family take refuge in Thea¿s home, and Thea is the ever-gracious, can¿t-say-no-to-anyone woman. She has to be in control. And later, she becomes the temporary Nanny to Amanda¿s baby, and inevitably, she falls in love with the baby. Amanda¿s and Thea¿s relationship is both tumultuous and at times sincerely loving. It¿s as if they are both looking to find something in the other that they have not within themselves. A series of events, including animal carnage left on doorsteps, a pre-teen in the throes of her first love, and an unexpected kiss lead the reader into a forest of twists and turns in this page-turner of a book. In addition to a great story, Gross uses her talents as a writer to bring otherwise non-living things to life in The Other Mother. Flowers that turn their ¿heads¿ to the sunshine a leaf-blower ¿chewing¿ up the ground covering, and pregnant women described as sailing vessels ¿ her words are beautifully manipulated to create images not long forgotten. I found myself wishing I had a highlighter in order to mark and remember some of her poetic phrases. In the end, the reader comes away very satisfied, and Gross writes her story in a way that there is no right or wrong in choosing how to mother. The only wrong would be if you were not to read this book!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Book editor Amanda works in New York City, but recently left the city for suburban Teaneck, New Jersey with her husband Aaron after she became pregnant. Her next door neighbor is a stay at home mom of three Thea Caldwell, who is living with her husband Caius in the house she was raised in.----------------------- The two women are polar opposites as Amanda plans to return to work once she gives birth while Thea seems to relish taxiing the kiddies and keeping her only preschooler in line. Not long after Amanda gives birth, a tree crashes through their house during a storm. Caius invites his new neighbors to live in their basement until the repairs are complete and Amanda hires Thea as her newborn's temporary nanny. However, when dead animals are dumped on Thea¿s doorstep she assumes this is a declaration of war between the two species and plots to retaliate.------------------ This insightful book compares the two major magnetic mommy poles, the working mom vs. the stay at home mom. When the story line focuses on the inner but differing doubts of Amanda and Thea, it is a superior deep character study that has the audience considering the issues. When the plot provides external impetus for a mommy war, it turns inane and forced. Still readers will appreciate THE OTHER MOTHER as Gwendolen Gross gets inside the respective heads of her opposite lead protagonists.------------------------------- Harriet Klausner