The Other Mother: A Novel
by Carol Goodman
Hardcover- $26.99

From the author of the internationally bestselling The Lake of Dead Languages comes a gripping novel about madness, motherhood, love, and ...

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  "Corny" by ebach (see profile) 12/08/17

Part I of THE OTHER MOTHER is Daphne, who has a 6-month-old baby named Chloe, talking about her new friend, Laurel, who also has a baby named Chlo?. (Note the special character on the “?” in Laurel’s baby’s name.) It is some year in the 2000s. Interspersed with these first-person accounts are pages of Daphne’s journal from the 1970s. Every character (Daphne’s husband, Laurel, her husband, even Daphne, herself) may not be who they seem to be.

It’s kind of corny.

Then comes Part II. Now Daphne’s accounts are interspersed with pages from Laurel’s journal. This part gets interesting. Who is Daphne, really?

Finally comes Part III and back to the corn. Interspersed throughout this part are pages from the journal of Edith, a mental patient at a psychiatric hospital who supposedly ditched her newborn baby, left him for dead. And the closer we get to the end, the more unlikely Part III is. The end is too wonderful.

I won this book through Librarything.com.

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