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The Mothers' Group
An unthinkably shocking event sends shockwaves through a tight-knit mother's group, testing their bonds and revealing closely-held secrets that threaten to shatter their lives in an explosive, enthralling debut novel about motherhood, friendship and love. The Mothers' Group tells the story of six very different women who agree to meet regularly soon after the births of their respective babies. Set during the first crucial year of their babies' lives, The Mothers' Group tracks the women's individual journeys - and the group's collective one - as they navigate birth and motherhood as well as the shifting ground of their relationships with their partners. GINIE, a successful partner in a big legal firm, returns to work a month after her baby is born. MADE (pron. mar-day) is a young Balinese woman married to a much older Australian man. SUZIE, a single mother, is struggling to bring up her daughter on her own. MIRANDA longs to bond with her sunny baby but finds herself increasingly distracted - and frustrated - by her spoilt and demanding toddler stepson. PIPPA is suffering from an injury incurred during the birth of her child but is unable to talk about her problem. CARA, whose marriage is turned upside down after meeting a long-lost love. Each woman struggles in her own way to become the mother she wants to be, and finds herself becoming increasingly reliant on the friendship and support of the members of the mothers' group. Until one day an unthinkably shocking event changes everything, testing their bonds and revealing closely-held secrets that threaten to shatter their lives. The MOTHERS' GROUP is an unflinching and compelling portrait of the modern family in all its complexity and intensity: love, sex and marriage and all the joys and tension of raising children in an increasingly complicated world. Moving, provocative, tender and utterly gripping, The MOTHERS' GROUP will draw you in and never let you go.
- Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
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- ALLEN & UNWIN
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This book has subplots which are complete red herrings and don't seem to serve any purpose other than be something to keep the reader guessing and be a means to an end for the 'bad thing' that happens.
It was interestingly told though and you get to know all of the women in the group as they struggle (or not) through the first year of their babies' lives and the changes in their own lives. Its good to see events from several points of view and not once does it seem disjointed to be jumping backwards and forwards in time with multiple characters.