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Jennifer Gilmore's eloquence about the human heart - its frailties and complexities - and her razor-sharp observations about race, class, culture, and changing family dynamics are spectacularly combined in this powerful novel. Suffused with passion and fury, The Mothers is a taut, gripping, and satisfying book that will stay with listeners long after it's over.
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By Ray Stewart on 12-06-15
Several times while listening to this narrator's whiny voice I decided to give up because of the lead character's constant complaining about everything while trying to adopt a baby, but had invested enough time that I wanted to know how it would turn out. It was not worth my time.
By Anna Karenina on 05-24-13
Like a diary
Would you try another book from Jennifer Gilmore and/or Tavia Gilbert?
Would you be willing to try another book from Jennifer Gilmore? Why or why not?
Book was too straightforward--not enough literary texture.
What didn’t you like about Tavia Gilbert’s performance?
Her voice has an anxious, tense quality that made the character seem unlikeable. Also, there were problems with her reading (the director should have caught these). She doesn't know how to pronounce Jewish words, she pronounces "Ramon" in two different ways, her Ramon accent is strangely Russian at times, and she's inconsistent--Ramon has an accent but his mother doesn't.
Do you think The Mothers needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Any additional comments?
The book was very informative--I learned a lot about the adoption process by reading it. Anyone contemplating adoption will find this very useful and thought-provoking.