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That Kind of Mother

by Rumaan Alam

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That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam
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    May 2018, 304 pages

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Donna Chavez
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Rumaan Alam's second novel explores motherhood and transracial adoption in late 20th century America.

Rumaan Alam's noteworthy character-driven novel about motherhood, race, marriage, adoption and life is provocative on every level.

A poet by profession, Rebecca Stone delivers her first child, a boy she names Jacob, in the first several pages. At thirty, the unconsciously privileged white woman feels at loose ends when it comes to carrying out the responsibilities of being a mother. As an American partner to her British diplomat husband, Christopher, who is stationed in Washington, DC in 1989, Rebecca can pull off the appearance and actions of coastal elite socialite perfectly. Mothering is another – overwhelming – matter entirely. The tsunami of primal love she feels for her son clashes against her identity as a cerebral, sophisticated woman.

Enter Priscilla Johnson, former nanny and now hospital breastfeeding consultant. At ten years Rebecca's senior, single ...

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