ISBN: 1982156120
EAN13: 9781982156121
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 4, 2022
Pages: 336
Dimensions: 1" H x 9" L x 6" W
Format: Hardcover

The School for Good Mothers

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Book Overview

In this taut and explosive debut novel, one lapse in judgement lands a young mother in a government reform program where custody of her child hangs in the balance.

Frida Liu is struggling. She doesn't have a career worthy of her Chinese immigrant parents' sacrifices. She can't persuade her husband, Gust, to give up his wellness-obsessed younger mistress. Only with Harriet, their cherubic daughter, does Frida finally attain the perfection expected of her. Harriet may be all she has, but she is just enough.

Until Frida has a very bad day.

The state has its eyes on mothers like Frida. The ones who check their phones, letting their children get injured on the playground; who let their children walk home alone. Because of one moment of poor judgment, a host of government officials will now determine if Frida is a candidate for a Big Brother-like institution that measures the success or failure of a mother's devotion.

Faced with the possibility of losing Harriet, Frida must prove that a bad mother can be redeemed. That she can learn to be good.

A searing page-turner that is also a transgressive novel of ideas about the perils of perfect upper-middle class parenting; the violence enacted upon women by both the state and, at times, one another; the systems that separate families; and the boundlessness of love, The School for Good Mothers introduces, in Frida, an everywoman for the ages. Using dark wit to explore the pains and joys of the deepest ties that bind us, Chan has written a modern literary classic.

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   Worst book I’ve read in a long time.
The book is the worst I have read in a long time. I only got half way through the book, but I rarely finish a book.
   Jenna Bush lied to me!
This book was AWFUL and I usually love books recommended by her book club. It could not have been more boring, even though it was supposed to be a utopian setting. The rest of the book was depressing and felt like the same thing was happening to the main character. Unless I wanted to leave them feeling depressed, I wouldn't recommend this read to anyone.
There are so many expectations, so many judgments, and so much monitoring. The book is from a mother's POV.
   Loved it
The book is a great read for mother's. Learned to dislike a doll.
   I kept waiting for reality to set in
I thought there could be a school to teach mothers how to be better when I wrote the book. I didn't like the beginning, middle or the end of the book. I was hoping that Fria would learn parenting and that the book would show how she used it to improve her life with her daughter. The book was too complex for my tastes. I would have run away from that school if I had to be there. I didn't like the book at all.