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Jesse and Ramon are a loving couple, but after years spent unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant, they turn to adoption, relieved to think that once they navigate the bureaucratic path to parent-hood they will have a happy ending. But nothing has prepared them for the labyrinthine process, for the many training sessions and approvals; for the constant advice from friends, strangers, and “experts”; for the birthmothers who contact them but don’t ultimately choose them; or even, most shockingly, for the women who call claiming they’ve chosen Jesse and Ramon but who turn out never to have been pregnant in the first place.

Jennifer Gilmore’s eloquence about the human heart, its frailties and complexities, and her razor-sharp observations about race, class, culture, and changing family dynamics are spectacularly combined in this powerful novel. Suffused with passion and fury, The Mothers is a taut, gripping, and satisfying book that will stay with readers long after they turn the last page.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I couldn’t stop reading it—it had the harrowing qualities of a psychological thriller, the comedy of a familiar Jewish family, and was alternately hysterically funny and heartbreaking. It is down to the bone stripped-bare honest.”

    A.M. Homes, author of May We Be Forgiven

  • “Though often painful to read, this candid account at once embraces ‘the possibility for anything.’”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Gilmore has written a humane, realistic novel of the penetrating sorrow of people deprived by biology of their overwhelming need to be parents and of the harrowing, obstacle-riddled path to adoption.”

    Library Journal

  • “A searing examination of the very human desire to be that seemingly simple thing: a mother.”

    Ann Hood, author of The Red Thread

  • Selected for the April 2013 Indie Next List
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