Happy publication day to The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan!
I read Jessamine Chan’s debut in May last year. It’s set in a dystopian universe – but one that’s only slightly removed from our own. When protagonist Frida Liu leaves her crying daughter at home alone – just briefly – her life spirals out of control. Determined an unfit mother, she’s sent to a residential program for a year. This program – the school for good mothers – presents the women with AI dolls, designed to resemble their own flesh-and-blood children, and they are placed under 24-hour surveillance. It’s a chilling book, one that simmers with a quiet yet powerful rage. Chan explores the second-generation immigrant experience, and the terrifying possibilities of greater patriarchal control over our lives.