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9781982156121

The school for good mothers : a novel

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"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 humor, 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"--

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Bloomfield Public Library FIC Chan (Text)
Adult New Materials
52133300171630
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06/03/2022
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Bristol Library FIC CHA (Text)
Adult Fiction
52134300071002
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Cordelia A. Greene Library - Castile FIC CHAN (Text)
Adult Fiction
52136000283779
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Geneva Public Library CHAN (Text)
First Floor New Books
52118301148919
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Honeoye Public Library FIC (Text)
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52120300421156
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Lima Public Library MCN FIC CHA (Text)
McNaughton
52139000876444
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Marion Public Library FIC CHAN (Text)
Adult Fiction
52122300070231
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Mount Morris Library FIC CHA (Text)
Adult Fiction
52123300305536
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Naples Library FIC CHA (Text)
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52124300423717
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Newark Public Library FIC CHA (Text)
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52125300936244
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05/23/2022
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