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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. And 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dives deep into big questions about parenthood, adoption, and race…Both heartfelt and thought-provoking.”

    Celeste Ng, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This gorgeous book calls into question all our assumptions…Brave, sharp, and empathetic…Motherhood as I’ve never seen it.”

    Danzy Senna, author of New People

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About the Author

Rumaan Alam’s writing has been published in New York Magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books, the Wall Street Journal, the Rumpus, Washington Square Review, Gettysburg Review, American Short Fiction, and elsewhere. He started his career in fashion publishing at Lucky magazine, has written extensively on interior design for Domino, Lonny, Elle Decor, ArchitecturalDigest.com, and elsewhere. He has worked in advertising as a copywriter and creative director. He studied at Oberlin College and lives in Brooklyn.

About the Narrator

Lindy West is a Seattle-based writer, editor, and performer whose work focuses on pop culture, social justice, humor, and body image. She’s currently a culture writer for GQ magazine and GQ.com and a weekly columnist at the Guardian, as well as the founder and editor of I Believe You | It’s Not Your Fault, an advice blog for teens. In January of 2015 she wrote and recorded a story for This American Life about confronting an internet troll who impersonated her dead father.