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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 a.m.

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.

©2022 Jessamine Chan (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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Enjoyable but heartbreaking read

I enjoyed this book. The characters were engaging and gripping and the story was interesting.

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Great story, great narration

I chose this book based solely on the title. it surprised me and touched me. Be warned it is heart-crushingly painful in parts. Had brilliant echoes of the Handmaid's Tale but felt so much closer to the reality of our current society (or at least in the USA). It has really got me thinking about parenting.

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Couldn’t put it down

Harrowing and compelling. It reminded me of reading A Handmaids Tale for the first time.

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Troubling, harrowing story but engrossing!

Was disturbed and enthralled in equal measure by this story of human mistakes and societal injustice.

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Good but lacking somewhat

Not my favourite, but I enjoyed it.

The story was was quite an interesting one. I picked it after seeing comments that likened it to A Handmaids Tale. It definitely has a similar feel to it, but is slower and feels leas rich. The narrative felt a bit repetitive at times, I would have liked to have known more about other aspects of this world beyond the school for good mothers and the protagonist’s story.

At times I was bored, at other times I was gripped, most of the time I was depressed. I don’t recommend for those who prefer a more hopeful story.

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Great story had me gripped from beginning to end. An emotional story but also amusing.
Would thoroughly recommend it.

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Heartbreaking and poignant story about motherhood

This book a beautiful homage to the double standards of parenting and the impossible expectations women are expected to exceed, in addition to working, being daughters, wives and or lovers and friends.

This story highlights the intrinsic pull and connection of motherhood but also the realities of having a “bad day”. Women are only mothers and anything else is considered selfish or narcissistic.

This book is the next level in the Handmaid’s tale, the reality which await all the commander’s wives. Bravo Ms Chan on telling a story we all need to hear.

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It started with so much promise. I kept going to the end...I didnt have any empathy / sympathy with any of the characters.

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Hauntingly beautiful - a must read

A very realistic dystopian view on societies perspective of what a mother should be. Treads scarily close to the bone of what could still come considering today’s political climate. The author captures love, loneliness and hope in a beautifully sad way. Throughly enjoyed this book.

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Oooh this is a tough one…

This was compelling but oppressive….it didn’t seem to ‘end’ satisfactorily although I can’t think of any other ending that would be better….not sure I enjoyed this as such but I couldn’t not finish it!