You Shouldn't Call Me Mommyby Susan Tsui
Fourteen years later Ian returns, desperate for help. Can Jay save his
Orphaned as a little boy, Jay was raised by an artificial parent to become an upstanding member of society. Jay's older brother Ian still remembers their real parents and has never understood Jay's connection to his nanny-bot. When Ian betrays Jay in the worst way possible the two finally part.
Fourteen years later Ian returns, desperate for help. Can Jay save his older brother while holding onto the memories of his mother? More importantly, does Jay even want to?
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Meet the Author
Susan Tsui was born in New York City, the third of four children born to Chinese immigrant parents, and the first to be born in the United States. Recognizing an interest in the effects of culture, society, technology, and literature on the human condition Susan obtained an MFA from Goddard College. During her writing career she has published short stories in Expanded Horizons, Mind Flights, and the third annual Warrior WiseWomen anthology. She plans to follow-up on these early achievements with the publication of full length novels, starting with You Shouldn’t Call Me Mommy.
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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.