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Author: Aimee Molloy Narrator: Cristin Milioti Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2018 ISBN: 9780062847980
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They call themselves the May Mothers—a collection of new moms who gave birth in the same month. Twice a week, with strollers in tow, they get together in Prospect Park, seeking refuge from the isolation of new motherhood; sharing the fears, joys, and anxieties of their new child-centered lives.

When the group’s members agree to meet for drinks at a hip local bar, they have in mind a casual evening of fun, a brief break from their daily routine. But on this sultry Fourth of July night during the hottest summer in Brooklyn’s history, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is abducted from his crib. Winnie, a single mom, was reluctant to leave six-week-old Midas with a babysitter, but the May Mothers insisted that everything would be fine. Now Midas is missing, the police are asking disturbing questions, and Winnie’s very private life has become fodder for a ravenous media.

Though none of the other members in the group are close to the reserved Winnie, three of them will go to increasingly risky lengths to help her find her son. And as the police bungle the investigation and the media begin to scrutinize the mothers in the days that follow, damaging secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are formed and fractured.

Unfolding over the course of thirteen fraught days and culminating in an exquisite and unexpected twist, The Perfect Mother is the perfect book for our times—a complex, nuanced, and addictively readable story that exposes the truth of modern mothers’ lives as it explores the power of an ideal that is based on a lie.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Thirteen days. An unexpected twist. The Perfect Mother is a ‘true page turner.’”

    B. A. Paris, New York Times bestselling author

  • “For lovers of cunning narrative suspense in the vein of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, this debut novel, which is being adapted for the screen by actress Kerry Washington, will keep readers turning the pages, sending chills to mothers everywhere.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “[Malloy’s] clever narrative structure heightens tension and creates uncertainty while spotlighting the solitary struggles of motherhood.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Readers who can’t get enough of suburban suspense along the lines of Liane Moriarty and B. A. Paris will want to give this a try.”

    Booklist

  • “A gripping page-turner that explores the pressures of modern motherhood as well as a mother’s absolute worst nightmare…Keeps you guessing at every moment.”

    Kerry Washington, actress and producer

  • “A captivating and deeply insightful page-turner, The Perfect Mother is both a riveting mystery and a satisfyingly sharp social commentary about what it means to be a good mother.”

    Kimberly McCreight, author of Reconstructing Amelia

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About the Author

Aimee Molloy has collaborated on seven books, including Maziar Bahari’s Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival and Pam Cope’s Jantsen’s Gift: A True Story of Grief, Rescue, and Grace. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughter.

About the Narrator

Cristin Milioti is an actress and audiobook narrator. Her film and television credits include The Wolf of Wall Street, A to Z, and How I Met Your Mother. She originated the role of Girl in the Broadway hit musical Once, for which she won a Grammy Award and was nominated for a Tony Award.