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That Kind of Mother: A Novel by [Alam, Rumaan]
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Editorial Reviews

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“Alam’s second novel, about two families brought together by the death of a beloved nanny, expertly and intrepidly blends topics of the zeitgeist, including race, privilege, and motherhood, without sacrificing elegant prose and signature wit.” (Vogue)

“Coming off his celebrated debut Rich and Pretty, Rumaan Alam’s sophomore novel returns to themes of family and culture in a powerful tale of a white mother raising a black son.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“From [a] heartbreaking premise, Alam plumbs still more heartbreaking questions about the power and limitations of maternal love, and the implacable persistence of racial divides.” (Huffington Post)

That Kind of Mother is a thought-provoking story about what happens when a beloved nanny dies, leaving her own child motherless. Exploring themes of race, privilege, and family, Alam’s second novel will leave you thinking about it long after finishing.” (Popsugar)

“This gorgeous book calls into question all our assumptions - about family and tribe, race and loyalty, privilege and paucity. Brave, sharp and empathetic, Rumaan Alam shows us motherhood as I’ve never seen it: at once a quotidian labor and a radical and transformative excavation of the self.” (Danzy Senna, author of New People)

“Dives deep into big questions about parenthood, adoption, and race...With his unerring eye for nuance and unsparing sense of irony, Rumaan Alam’s second novel is both heartfelt and thought-provoking.” (Celeste Ng)

“Alam’s sharp narrative asides—lines like “Some percentage of the things she did for the children were actually for her”—carry such weight and truth that we trust his route toward the bigger question of the book: are we ever ready for the pain and joy that life delivers.” (The Millions)

“A rich, complex, beautifully observed story about the collision of class, race and family.  Motherhood is an overwhelming and joyful job and this book takes on the minutia of that domestic sphere with quiet, but incendiary power.” (Stephanie Powell Watts, author of No One is Coming to Save Us)

“Quietly brilliant...Alam’s unerring yet unobtrusive eye asks uncomfortable questions: Can motherhood ever look beyond race? Can we learn to recognize the terrible blindness of our respective cultural perspectives?.... A stunning accomplishment.” (Booklist (starred review))

“Incisive...Alam skillfully tackles issues of race and parenthood...The novel offers a memorable depiction of a mother’s journey as her children grow and her marriage collapses.” (Publishers Weekly)

About the Author

Rumaan Alam is the author of Rich and Pretty. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Elle, New York Magazine, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal, The Rumpus, Buzzfeed, and elsewhere. He studied at Oberlin College, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Product details

  • File Size: 902 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco (May 8, 2018)
  • Publication Date: May 8, 2018
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B071VR93JY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,491 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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