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The Perfect Mother

By: Aimee Molloy

Publisher: HarperCollins Trade

Imprint: Harper

Format: Hardcover | ISBN: 9780062696793

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On Sale: | Pages: 336

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A night out. A few hours of fun. That's all it was meant to be ...They call themselves the May Mothers--a group of new moms whose babies were born in the same month. Twice a week, they get together in Brooklyn's Prospect Park for some much-needed adult time.When the women go out for drinks at the hip neighborhood bar, they are looking for a fun break from their daily routine. But on this hot Fourth of July night, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is taken from his crib. Winnie, a single mom, was reluctant to leave six-week-old Midas with a babysitter, but her fellow May Mothers insisted everything would be fine. Now he is missing. What follows is a heart-pounding race to find Midas, during which secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are destroyed.
One nice writing touch is an anonymous narrator that pops in and out of the story line. We're not sure if she's one of the moms or someone we haven't been introduced to yet, and that device keeps readers guessing and engaged.... It's an engaging read, but never riveting or chilling, and the mostly privileged status of this group makes them hard to relate to. But the story does psychologically pick away at the common threads of motherhood. And with its populist topic (lots of new moms out there, including Washington), it's bound to press familiar hot buttons and unnerve many readers. At least the storytelling is authentic — the author is a Brooklyn mom herself.
—Minneapolis Star Tribune
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