Orphaned by his parents and his artificial mother, and abandoned by his older brother at a young age, Jay spends most of his adulthood serving as a government therapist to those like him. He considers his own happiness proof of success in his career and life. Little does he know that his picture perfect world, occupied by his wife, Sasha, and their two children, is not as idyllic as it seems.
When Jay's older brother, Ian, returns Jay finds himself torn between the happy bubble he resides in and helping his troubled brother keep his own children out of the hands of the very institution Jay serves. Can Jay save Ian while holding onto the loving memories of his artificial mother and all that he believes in? More importantly, does he even want to?
You Shouldn't Call Me Mommy is a story about the difficult journey of self-discovery, one that explores the power of truth over illusion and the meaning of a mother's love.
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I received an advance readers copy of this book and I have to say I love it. Susan Tsui has a subtle writing style that delves into the relationships between people, especially family. Jay and Ian are estrange brothers that must suddenly deal with their past when Ian has to go to his brother for help. Throughout the story, I found myself first deeply routed on Jay's side and then as time when found myself on Ian's side. Tsui really does a great job of taking the reader through the narrow to more broaden views Jay has top open himself up to see. I especially loved the ending, and how we're never sure exactly what decision Jay is going to make until that last moment. Great book.
I love it when authors show all the troubling complexity that ripples out from one change in our society. When robots can serve as caretakers, what's lost and what's gained in terms of human compassion and our sense of responsibility to take real care of the people in our lives? (Especially when those relationships are painful or frustrating...) The worldbuilding here is incredibly rich. More than that, Susan Tsui's deft touch in scene after scene made me bleed for the characters. I'm a sucker for family stories, where no one knows better how to push your buttons than the people who installed them in the first place, and Susan's writing doesn't disappoint. This is definitely worth reading... and reading again.
This was a good novel. I liked it.