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  • Published: 1 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9781529151336
  • Imprint: Hutchinson
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $32.99

The School for Good Mothers

‘a Handmaid’s Tale for the 21st century’ India Knight




Every mother has a bad day...

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

'A taut and propulsive take on the cult of motherhood and the notion of what makes a good mother. Destined to be feminist classic - it kept me up at night' - Pandora Sykes

'A haunting tale of identity and motherhood - as devastating as it is imaginative' - Afua Hirsch

'We have your daughter'

Frida Liu is a struggling mother. She remembers taking Harriet from her cot and changing her nappy. She remembers giving her a morning bottle. They'd been up since four am.

Frida just had to finish the article in front of her. But she'd left a file on her desk at work. What would happen if she retrieved it and came back in an hour? She was so sure it would be okay.

Now, the state has decided that Frida is not fit to care for her daughter. That she must be re-trained. Soon, mothers everywhere will be re-educated. Will their mistakes cost them everything?
The School for Good Mothers is an explosive and thrilling novel about love and the pressures of perfectionism, parenthood and privilege.

  • Published: 1 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9781529151336
  • Imprint: Hutchinson
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $32.99

About the author

Jessamine Chan

Jessamine Chan holds an MFA from Columbia University, where she was awarded a teaching fellowship. Her short fiction has appeared in Tin House and Epoch. Her work has also received support from Bread Loaf, the Wurlitzer Foundation, Jentel, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, the Anderson Center, VCCA, and Ragdale. Prior to moving to Philadelphia, where she lives with her husband and daughter, she worked as a nonfiction reviews editor at Publishers Weekly.

Praise for The School for Good Mothers

A timely and remarkable debut.

Carmen Maria Machado, author of HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES

Heartbreaking and daring, propulsive and wise. I read it with my heart in my throat and I held my kids tight.

Diane Cook, author of the Booker Prize finalist THE NEW WILDERNESS

Jessamine Chan captures, in heartbreaking tones, the exacting price women pay in a patriarchal society that despises them, that reduces their worth to their viability for procreation and capacity for mothering. The School for Good Mothers is not so much a warning for some possible dystopian nightmare as much as it is an alarm announcing that the nightmare is here. The book is, thus, a weeping testimony, a haunting song, and a piercing rebuke of both the misogynist social order and the traps it lays for women, girls, and femmes. Good Mothers deserves an honored place next to the works of Margaret Atwood and Octavia Butler.

Robert Jones, Jr., author of THE PROPHETS and creator of Son of Baldwin

This book is like nothing I've read before. Haunting and unforgettable, and I'm in awe of Jessamine Chan's mind.

Liz Moore, author of LONG BRIGHT RIVER and HEFT

This taut, explosive novel is all the more terrifying because it edges so close to reality. Frida's predicament embodies the fraught question so many women are taught to ask: Am I good enough?

Leni Zumas, author of RED CLOCKS

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