That Kind of Mother

That Kind of Mother

A Novel

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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"That Kind of Mother dives deep into big questions about parenthood, adoption, and race: Is mothering something learned, or that you're born to? How far can good intentions stretch? And most of all, can love can really overcome the boundaries of race and class? With his unerring eye for nuance and unsparing sense of irony, Rumaan Alam's second novel is both heartfelt and thought-provoking."--Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere...From the celebrated author of Rich and Pretty, a novel about the families we fight to build and those we fight to keep...Like many first-time mothers, Rebecca Stone finds herself both deeply in love with her newborn son and deeply overwhelmed. Struggling to juggle the demands of motherhood with her own aspirations and feeling utterly alone in the process, she reaches out to the only person at the hospital who offers her any real help--Priscilla Johnson--and begs her to come home with them as her son's nanny. Priscilla's presence quickly does as much to shake up Rebecca's perception of the world as it does to stabilize her life. Rebecca is white, and Priscilla is black, and through their relationship, Rebecca finds herself confronting, for the first time, the blind spots of her own privilege. She feels profoundly connected to the woman who essentially taught her what it means to be a mother. When Priscilla dies unexpectedly in childbirth, Rebecca steps forward to adopt the baby. But she is unprepared for what it means to be a white mother with a black son. As she soon learns, navigating motherhood for her is a matter of learning how to raise two children whom she loves with equal ferocity, but whom the world is determined to treat differently. Written with the warmth and psychological acuity that defined his debut, Rumaan Alam has crafted a remarkable novel about the lives we choose, and the lives that are chosen for us"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062667601
0062667602
Characteristics: 291 pages ; 24 cm

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lindemuldercr
Feb 03, 2021

Modern Mrs Darcy

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sugarmitts
Oct 23, 2020

I kept thinking there HAD to be something redeeming in the main character. Nope. Unbelievably narcissistic. Living a very charmed life and not appreciating a single moment of it. The universe revolved around her and her whims; the miseries of other 'family' members were simply of no interest to her. The adoption of a child of color was still all about her. She saw herself as parallel to Princess Diana. She was unable to see the truth in any situation. Completely tone deaf to the struggles of people of color. Missing entirely that her eldest son is feeling unloved and pushed aside, she instead had visions of how he will come back to her as a grown man who will bask in all of her accomplishments. If the point of the book was to glorify a despicable character, the author succeeded. YICK.

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tobyfear
Dec 28, 2019

Don't recommend

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jansan64081
Jul 08, 2018

Motherhood, race, depression, loneliness and fame. All these subjects were discussed superficially with a plethora of words. Sorry that I finished it.

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laphampeak
Jun 26, 2018

I might have given the book more than 3 stars but waiting a week to review I had forgotten what the book was about. The timely aspects of bringing up a black child in a white family was only superficially explored. I'd like it more if there was more depth. Overall well written, though.

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