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Like many first-time mothers, Rebecca Stone finds herself both deeply in love with her newborn son and deeply overwhelmed. Struggling to juggle the demands of motherhood with her own aspirations and feeling utterly alone in the process, she reaches out to the only person at the hospital who offers her any real help - Priscilla Johnson - and begs her to come home with them as her son's nanny.
Priscilla's presence quickly does as much to shake up Rebecca's perception of the world as it does to stabilize her life. Rebecca is white, and Priscilla is black, and through their relationship, Rebecca finds herself confronting, for the first time, the blind spots of her own privilege. She feels profoundly connected to the woman who essentially taught her what it means to be a mother. When Priscilla dies unexpectedly in childbirth, Rebecca steps forward to adopt the baby. But she is unprepared for what it means to be a white mother with a black son. As she soon learns, navigating motherhood for her is a matter of learning how to raise two children whom she loves with equal ferocity, but whom the world is determined to treat differently.
Written with the warmth and psychological acuity that defined his debut, Rumaan Alam has crafted a remarkable novel about the lives we choose, and the lives that are chosen for us.
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By vaigdd on 06-08-18
Description is far off
I liked this story, but the description makes the racial component to be a major part, and it really isn’t. I was really disappointed that nothing ever really happens with this. If, however, you’re looking for a story about how parenting changes you, and how people navigate the circumstances of life in general, then it’s pretty good.
6 of 9 people found this review helpful
By Sulamita R Carvalho on 07-30-18
A mother’s tale
This book is a story about motherhood with a touch och gender and race discussions. The motherhood part is flawless, portraying pretty much every feeling, bias, hope, expectation and fears mothers go through. Rumaan Alam is not and will never be a mother, but he is a parent and he gets it. The power and subtleness of this story makes this a great read.