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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 parenthood...
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Overview


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 parenthood 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.
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"'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. By the end of the book it is impossible not to find yourself rooting for Jesse and Ramon." - The New York Times
"...it definitely works...surprisingly easy to read, clipping from one obstacle to another with humor and insight." - The Washington Post
"...an engrossing story of loss, love and motherhood...The reader goes on a roller-coaster ride with the prospective parents and is left wondering: Is there only one path to becoming and being a mother?" - USA Today
"Jennifer Gilmore...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." - Meg Wolitzer, author of The Interestings and The Ten-Year Nap
"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
"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." - A.M. Homes, author of May We Be Forgiven and The Mistress's Daughter
"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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781624065019
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media
  • Publication date: 4/9/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Jennifer Gilmore is the author of Golden Country, a 2006 New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the National Jewish Book Award, and Something Red, a New York Times Notable Book of 2010. Her work has appeared in magazines and journals, including Allure, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Vogue, and The Washington Post. She teaches at Princeton University and lives in Brooklyn.

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Producer Tavia Gilbert is an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, an Audie Award nominee, and a Parent's Choice Award winner. She makes her home in Portland, Maine, where she works as a writer and a stage and voice actor. Tavia produces, directs, and narrates unique audiobooks, full-cast recordings, and documentaries, and she is currently pursuing an MFA in creative nonfiction at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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    Best book I've read in years, couldn't put it down. The charact

    Best book I've read in years, couldn't put it down. The characters are so authentic, and the challenges of infertility are described so poignantly as to really enlighten the reader. I can't say enough good things about this book.

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