The Perfect Mother

The Perfect Mother

A huge advance for his debut novel, gushing reviews anointing him one of the most promising new voices in decades, in the midst of finishing his second, highly anticipated book. And here she is. On her way to sit at the mayor's ...

Author: Aimee Molloy

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780751570328

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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***Don't miss this instant New York Times bestseller*** Soon to be a major motion picture starring Scandal's Kerry Washington. 'Wonderfully nuanced and compulsively readable' KERRY WASHINGTON 'Thrilling . . . you'll think you have all figured out - until you realise you don't' MARIE CLAIRE 'An electrifying thriller' PEOPLE, BOOK OF THE WEEK * * * We all want different things. Francie wants to be the perfect mother. Nell wants to escape the past. Collette wants to spend more time with her family. All Winnie wants is to have her baby back. When Nell suggests a night out in Brooklyn to her new mums' club, the others jump at the chance. But the evening takes a tragic turn when Winnie learns that her six-week-old son Midas has been kidnapped. As the investigation hits a dead end, Nell, Collette and Francie make it their mission to succeed where the police are failing. But as Winnie and those around her come under scrutiny from the media, damaging secrets come to light and friendships are pushed to the limit. Because people will do almost anything to protect the ones they love . . . * * * 'A true page turner!' B.A. PARIS, BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE BREAKDOWN AND BEHIND CLOSED DOORS 'A fast-paced, twisty, engrossing read - I loved it!' MEGAN MIRANDA, AUTHOR OF ALL THE MISSING GIRLS
Categories: Fiction

The Perfect Mother

The Perfect Mother

A Novel Nina Darnton. THE PERFECT MOTHER a novel NIN A D ARN TON A PLUME BOOK PLUME Published by the Penguin Group Penguin Group (USA) LLC.

Author: Nina Darnton

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101609385

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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"In this fictionalized account of the Amanda Knox case, journalist Darnton asks the question any parent would dread: Is my child capable of murder?... A fast-paced thriller with the kind of emotional impact that transcends a simple whodunit."—Kirkus Reviews When an American exchange student is accused of murder, her mother will stop at nothing to save her. A midnight phone call shatters Jennifer Lewis’s carefully orchestrated life. Her daughter, Emma, who’s studying abroad in Spain, has been arrested after the brutal murder of another student. Jennifer rushes to her side, certain the arrest is a terrible mistake and determined to do whatever is necessary to bring Emma home. But as she begins to investigate the crime, she starts to wonder whether she ever really knew her daughter. The police charge Emma, and the press leaps on the story, exaggerating every sordid detail. One by one, Emma’s defense team, her father, and finally even Jennifer begin to have doubts. A novel of harrowing emotional suspense, The Perfect Mother probes the dark side of parenthood and the complicated bond between mothers and daughters.
Categories: Fiction

The Perfect Mother

The Perfect Mother

When her daughter, who is studying abroad in Spain, is accused of murdering a fellow student, Jennifer rushes to her daughter's defense in the face of a media storm only to uncover disturbing clues.

Author: Nina Darnton

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780142196731

Category: FICTION

Page: 242

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When her daughter, who is studying abroad in Spain, is accused of murdering a fellow student, Jennifer rushes to her daughter's defense in the face of a media storm only to uncover disturbing clues. By the author of An African Affair. Original. 35,000 first printing.
Categories: FICTION

The Perfect Mother

The Perfect Mother

Acclaim for Margaret Leroy's The Perfect Mother A New YorkTimes Notable Bookof theYear “It'sapremise ... —NewYork Times “The novel reads like a thriller and is brilliant at portraying the slow, steady disintegration of a seemingly ...

Author: Margaret Leroy

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 9781408915035

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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What really goes on behind closed doors? Catriona has the life she’s always dreamed of: a loving husband, a delightful step-daughter and her own precious little girl, Daisy. When Daisy begins to feel poorly, Catriona seeks help and, in doing so, is forced to look to the past and her own dark and fractured childhood.
Categories: Fiction

Adaptation in Young Adult Novels

Adaptation in Young Adult Novels

The novel gives no sense of her identity outside of her relationship to others, giving the impression that her entire ... In this, she may have been the “perfect” daughter to her father, but she failed to honor her mother's memory by ...

Author: Dana E. Lawrence

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501361784

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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Adaptation in Young Adult Novels argues that adapting classic and canonical literature and historical places engages young adult readers with their cultural past and encourages them to see how that past can be rewritten. The textual afterlives of classic texts raise questions for new readers: What can be changed? What benefits from change? How can you, too, be agents of change? The contributors to this volume draw on a wide range of contemporary novels – from Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series and Megan Shepherd's Madman's Daughter trilogy to Jesmyn Ward's Salvage the Bones – adapted from mythology, fairy tales, historical places, and the literary classics of Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, among others. Unpacking the new perspectives and critiques of gender, sexuality, and the cultural values of adolescents inherent to each adaptation, the essays in this volume make the case that literary adaptations are just as valuable as original works and demonstrate how the texts studied empower young readers to become more culturally, historically, and socially aware through the lens of literary diversity.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Life writing in Carmen Mart n Gaite s Cuadernos de Todo and Her Novels of the 1990s

Life writing in Carmen Mart  n Gaite s Cuadernos de Todo and Her Novels of the 1990s

... to begin to transform women's lives, we must move beyond the myths and misconceptions embodied in the fantasy of the perfect mother.'66 Águeda, as she noted at the beginning of the novel, had a distant relationship with her mother.

Author: Maria-José Blanco López de Lerma

Publisher: Tamesis Books

ISBN: 9781855662476

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 220

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Blanco examines the relationship between life-writing in Martín Gaite's notebooks and her fictional work.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Kate Atkinson s Behind the Scenes at the Museum

Kate Atkinson s Behind the Scenes at the Museum

The myth of the perfect mother results in Ruby's disappointment and Bunty's denigration . ... perfect mother , the novel's unsentimental representation of motherhood encourages the reader to see beyond it . By exposing the chasm between ...

Author: Emma Parker

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826452388

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 99

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This is an excellent guide to Kate Atkinson's debut novel. It features a biography of the author, a full-length analysis of the novel, and a great deal more. If you're studying this novel, reading it for your book club, or if you simply want to know more about it, you'll find this guide informative and helpful. Part of a new series of guides to contemporary novels. The aim of the series is to give readers accessible and informative introductions to some of the most popular, most acclaimed and most influential novels of recent years - from ‘The Remains of the Day' to ‘White Teeth'. A team of contemporary fiction scholars from both sides of the Atlantic has been assembled to provide a thorough and readable analysis of each of the novels in question.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Cambridge Companion to British Fiction 1945 2010

The Cambridge Companion to British Fiction  1945 2010

Alternatively, mothers are despised as agents of patriarchy who condition girls to embody normative femininity. ... The novel suggests that the myth of the perfect mother generates mother-daughter conflict, demonstrating how patriarchy ...

Author: David James

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107040236

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 280

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The Cambridge Companion to British Fiction since 1945 provides insight into the critical traditions shaping the literary landscape of modern Britain.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Anxious Power

Anxious Power

In positing the maternal as the womanly ideal , then , the domestic novel aims ... 2 While the nineteenth - century daughter's goal is to become the perfect mother , the mother , via her narrative , is cast as the daughter - figure of ...

Author: Carol J. Singley

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791413896

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 400

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This book explains the conflicting feelings of anxiety and empowerment that women, historically excluded from masculine discourse, feel when they read and write, and it analyzes narrative strategies that reveal this ambivalence. Anxious Power draws upon feminist literary theory, narrative theory, and reader-response criticism to define women's ambivalence toward language. It is the first collection to address issues of ambivalence in narrative by women, to trace those issues from the medieval period to the present, and to outline a theoretical framework for understanding them. The contributors address a broad spectrum of female literary voices ranging from familiar British and American writers (Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, and Willa Cather), and those less well known (Jane Barker, Caroline Lee Henz, Susan Warner, Sarah Grand, and Fanny Howe), to European, Canadian, African-American, South and Latin American, and Asian American writers (Christine de Pizan, Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy, Margaret Atwood, Harriet Jacobs, Toni Morrison, Clarice Lispector, Sandra Cisneros, and Maxine Hong Kingston). Anxious Power considers forms of women's narrative ranging from fairy tales through romances, novels, and autobiographies, to feminist metafiction.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Complicity and Responsibility in Contemporary African Writing

Complicity and Responsibility in Contemporary African Writing

In this context, it is curious that the idealized imagery of maternal breasts is precisely associated with the vocabulary of the perfect mother country. In Farah's novel, this version of the all-loving nationalist mother is associated ...

Author: Minna Johanna Niemi

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429639272

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 204

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This book investigates the many ways in which contemporary African fiction has reflected on themes of responsibility and complicity during the postcolonial period. Covering the authors Ayi Kwei Armah, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nuruddin Farah, Michiel Heyns, and J. M. Coetzee, the book places each writer’s novels in their cultural and literary context in order to investigate similarities and differences between fictional approaches to individual complicity in politically unstable situations. In doing so, the study focuses on these texts’ representations of discomforting experiences of being implicated in harm done to others in order to show that it is precisely during times of political crisis that questions of moral responsibility and implicatedness in compromised conduct become more pronounced. The study also challenges longstanding western amnesia concerning responsibility for historical and present-day violence in African countries and juxtaposes this denial of responsibility with the western literary readership’s consumption of narratives of African “suffering.” The study instead proposes new reading habits based on an awareness of readerly complicity and responsibility. Drawing insights from across political philosophy and literary theory, this book will be of interest to researchers of African literature, postcolonial studies, and peace and conflict studies.
Categories: Literary Criticism