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The school for good mothers / Jessamine Chan.

The school for good mothers / Jessamine Chan.
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Shelf Location Collection Volume Ref. Branch Status Due Date
Adult Fiction Quick Browse   Double Bay . *, Quick Browse .  
Adult Fiction   Paddington . On Loan . 9 Oct 2022
Adult Fiction   Watsons Bay . Available .  
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ISBN 9781529151336 (paperback)
Author Chan, Jessamine author.
Title The school for good mothers / Jessamine Chan.
Publisher/Date London : Hutchinson Heinemann, 2022.
Pagination etc. 324 pages ; 24 cm.
Summary Note "Set in near-future America, The School for Good Mothers introduces readers to a government-run reform program where bad mothers are retrained using robot doll children with artificial intelligence. Protagonist Frida Liu, a 39-year-old Chinese-American single mother in Philadelphia, loses custody of her 18-month-old daughter, Harriet, after she leaves Harriet home alone for two hours on one very bad day. To regain custody, Frida must spend a year at a newly-created institution, where she practices parenting with bad mothers from all over the county. There, she learns to love an uncannily life-like toddler girl doll in order to demonstrate her maternal instincts and prove to her family court judge that she deserves a second chance. Frida is an outsider in every way: better educated, more affluent, and the only Asian. The mothers, whose transgressions range from benign to horrific, are under constant surveillance. If they don't pass all the school's tests, their parental rights will be terminated. Inspired by dystopian classics such as 1984, Never Let Me Go, and The Handmaid's Tale, the novel eviscerates the dominant American parenting culture, while highlighting the tragedy of state-sponsored family separation. Is there one right way to mother? Can a bad mother ever be redeemed? With warmth, heart, and dark humour, the novel tells a timeless story of a mother fighting to win back her child, and her struggle to hold onto her integrity while being indoctrinated"--
Subject Chinese American women -- Fiction
Single mothers -- Fiction
Motherhood -- Fiction
Dystopian fiction.
Science fiction.
Shelf Location F CHAN
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