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That Kind of Mother


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Rumaan Alam is the author of Rich and Pretty and That Kind of Mother. 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.


"That Kind of Mother's greatest triumph is its insistence on complicating the rescue narrative of transracial adoption without resorting to dogmatic indictments of its characters....the novel also reveals the extent to which Alam is attuned to the concerns and candor of women."--The Atlantic
"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
"If you want something smart, relevant, and compassionate...pitch-perfect...quite special."--LitHub
"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 is a thought-provoking story about family, race, and the bond between mothers."--Bookish
"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
"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)
"Alam proves he is a writer brave and empathetic enough not only to look at life from the perspective of another gender and era, but also to boldly dive in and explore controversial topics...Alam cements his status as that kind of writer: insightful, intrepid, and truly impressive."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"I read That Kind of Mother slowly, to savor it... [it] is a novel that is also a way of helping contemporary readers with our current silences and fraught dialogues."--The Millions
"Mothers were big at the box office in 2017 (think: Lady Bird, mother!, I, Tonya). Rumaan Alam promises the same return on investment with his second novel."--In Style

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