That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam

That Kind of Mother

From the celebrated author of Rich and Pretty, a novel about the families we fight to build and those we fight to keepLike many first-time mothers, Rebecca Stone finds herself both deeply in love with her newborn son and deeply overwhelmed. Struggling to juggle the demands of motherhood with her own aspirations and feeling utterly alone in the process, she reaches out to the only person at the hospital who offers her any real help—Priscilla ...


Details That Kind of Mother

TitleThat Kind of Mother
ISBN9780062667601
Author
Release DateMay 8th, 2018
PublisherEcco
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Literary Fiction
Rating

Reviews That Kind of Mother

  • Jennifer Blankfein
    1970-01-01
    Rebecca Stone desperately needs help with her newborn and Pricilla, a La Leche nurse from the hospital comes to her rescue. Pricilla, having mothering experience herself as she was a single, teen mom many years ago, leaves her job at the hospital to becomes the nanny for Rebecca’s baby. Rebecca feels close to Pricilla, confiding in her and voicing her fears, hopes and dreams while learning how to care for her child and what it means to be a mot...
  • Emily
    1970-01-01
    2.5 starsI didn’t pick this book up to read about a privileged white woman who never really addressed her privileged whiteness.
  • Melissa
    1970-01-01
    This book was simultaneously beautifully written and intensely boring. I kept waiting for something to happen, but nothing really did. Even the big things that happened felt so small. I think the book was just too subtle for my liking. I think I would have enjoyed it more as a short story.
  • Erin Glover
    1970-01-01
    After reading 50 pages about breast feeding and La Leche League, I didn't understand how this book got published. It describes the mundane aspects of early motherhood in too much detail. Really, who cares about what it takes to get an infant to latch onto the breast? Who cares that it's colostrum, not milk that comes out at first? Not mothers. Been there, done that. All of us could have written those 50 pages. I almost stopped reading. Then the s...
  • Naima Coster
    1970-01-01
    I read THAT KIND OF MOTHER because I was intrigued primarily by the situation the book would examine: an interracial family made by adoption, a relationship between two women across lines of race and class, and the differences between two brothers in society who are equally beloved by their mother. I was curious about the potential for drama here, and I did not expect to find myself so immersed in the mind of just one character in this web of com...
  • Tess
    1970-01-01
    I wanted to love this. And while it is excellently written, line by line, I became increasingly frustrated and annoyed as the novel wore on with the characters and in many ways, the plot itself, which started to seem irrational. There are parts of motherhood, and the trauma/chaos of giving birth, and the loneliness/exhaustion/tedium of tending to young children, that this male author gets exactly right, and the stream of consciousness way he rela...
  • Mary
    1970-01-01
    If you're looking for an insightful, though provoking book about the struggles of a white woman (Rebecca) raising a black boy, you won't find that here. There are almost no difficulties and that those that do occur are how they impact Rebecca not the child and the novel seems to have rewarded her for adopting this child with success as a poet. Frankly I'm surprised this was written by a man of color, without the author information I would have as...
  • Ginger
    1970-01-01
    I would give this six stars if I could. Excellent writing, excellent story.
  • Canadian Reader
    1970-01-01
    It’s not surprising that Celeste Ng blurbed this book. Superficially, at least, Rumaan Alam is concerned with many of same issues as Ng and his novel has some of the same features as her recent Little Fires Everywhere : tensions within a privileged upwardly mobile family, interracial relations and adoption, motherhood, female creativity and ambition. However, Ng’s work is a far more symphonic one than Alam’s: many angles are presented; mul...
  • Afoma Umesi
    1970-01-01
    I really oscillated between three and four stars for this one. Rebecca Stone, a white woman in the 80’s bonds with her black nursing coach, Priscilla. The women strike an odd friendship that continues for a few years until Priscilla becomes pregnant and dies in childbirth. Rebecca decides to adopt Priscilla’s son. The story is a slow exploration of the lives of Rebecca, her sons, family and Priscilla’s family for the next decade.This is a v...
  • Stephanie
    1970-01-01
    The description of this book was more interesting to me than the actual book. I didn't find Rebecca interesting or likable and I felt the the author danced around the issues of race that were raised in the story. All in all I just was left wanting there to be more to the story.
  • Ella
    1970-01-01
    It is so much harder to review things I like. I just noticed that most of my favorite books from this year's reading are left without reviews - that's because when I like something, I often can't tell you why. Here's what I noticed about this book: I expected it to be more hard-hitting in the areas of cross-cultural or cross-racial adoption, but it wasn't (which was nice.) I also expected more stupid white people, to be honest, but all of the cha...
  • Paige
    1970-01-01
    Rebecca thinks she is an optimist. Why wouldn't she be? Things have always turned out fine for her. Turns out that her optimism may just be white privilege.This book seems like it's going to tackle race issues, but it's more of an exploration into one woman's life. Yes, she has a black son, so race is a theme, but it wasn't touched on as heavily as I thought it would be. It was very clear that Rebecca is oblivious to her privilege, and though I f...
  • Hpnyknits
    1970-01-01
    It’s rare for me to despise a character so much, but Rebecca, the main character is just so self involved privileged selfish woman, and she is supposed to be sympathetic? The premise of her adopting an African American baby, on a whim, is so far fetched, it’s insensitive. And the casual way it gets done- completely unrealistic. The author deals a tiny bit with the complex ideas of trans racial adoption, but so shallow and ignorant. It’s a h...
  • Emily
    1970-01-01
    I'm on a "quiet novels about women's interior live"s kick, apparently. The set-up for this - a white woman adopts her black nanny's son after the nanny dies in childbirth - makes it sound much more issue driven than it is, although Alam does weave insights about race throughout. More than anything, though, this is a coming-of-middle-age story. The writing is lovely, and the details of Rebecca's life, the passing mentions about the news, about her...
  • Jessica
    1970-01-01
    This was a mismatch of expectations. I've heard raves about how it's SO! GOOD! and was quite underwhelmed. It's about interracial adoption and touches on the various liberal white views of racism through the 80s and 90s, yes, but...it only touches on them. Briefly. From "all skin is the same" to "isn't America color blind now?" many problematic views are laid out, but only barely talked about. I thought we were going to dive deep and really get i...
  • Samantha
    1970-01-01
    I don't know if I'll ever recover from how well Rumaan Alam writes women. He does it incredibly well in Rich and Pretty, and he does it again in That Kind of Mother. Of course, I can't relate to motherhood, but I can still relate to a lot of Rebecca and her world - sometimes in ways I don't necessarily want to admit, alas here we are. This book deals with a lot of issues, all with care and complexity. I remain a fan, and can't wait to see what co...
  • eb
    1970-01-01
    Alam gets motherhood so exactly right—the simultaneous and entirely opposed feelings, the physical sensations, the loneliness, the pleasures. The plot of this novel hums along interestingly, and the issues it tackles (interracial adoption, well-meaning but clueless white liberalism) are interesting, too, but I would have loved the book even if those elements were excised, leaving nothing but the paragraphs about breastfeeding and childbirth. An...
  • Jeanne Lucier
    1970-01-01
    Self-absorbed protagonist, who never wanted to be, “ that mother who constantly talks about her kids,” became just that person; losing herself in motherhood willingly, with no clue how boring she is.
  • BooksnFreshair (Poornima Apte)
    1970-01-01
    If this is any indicator of the reading to come in 2018, we're in for a good year. Brilliant!
  • Vivek Tejuja
    1970-01-01
    Some books grow on you. They take their time for you to also grow on them. “That Kind of Mother” is one such book. It isn’t an easy book to get into. The prose is basic (or so it seems), the writing is simple (never a bad thing in my opinion) and characters are shown in black and white (till there is an outburst of every colour imaginable). Till it isn’t all of that and becomes something else altogether. You see the change coming and yet ...
  • Sonya
    1970-01-01
    This novel is less about motherhood than it is about morality. It will generate rich book club discussions. The book doesn't find its groove until about 20% in, so be patient. Spoilers below. (view spoiler)[ From that point to the last page, it becomes clear that while this book is about motherhood and found families and choice, it is more an indictment of our pre-9/11 privileged dewy-eyed vision of societal good as an inevitable march forward. W...
  • Kalen
    1970-01-01
    **** 1/2 Loved this book though I'm not usually one for books about motherhood. But I was drawn to this one in part because the author, Rumaan Alam, is not a woman and in part because everyone raves about his first book, Rich and Pretty. Most men don't write female characters in convincing, meaningful ways but Alam does. I've got a few small quibbles including the situation with Ian which was never mentioned again and the tension between Cheryl a...
  • Joshunda Sanders
    1970-01-01
    I love this sophomore effort from Rumaan more than Rich and Pretty. The galley features a letter from him that mentions a reality of fiction - we writers borrow from real life but some of it cannot be true. Rumaan has never had a child but here, in his protagonist, Rebecca, we see the truth in how universal the maternal longing for resolution must be and the multitude of conundrums parents face when they are confronted with intraracial adoption. ...
  • Heather Abel
    1970-01-01
    I loved this book! The writing is fantastic, each sentence its own delight. It's that rare kind of novel that entertains with every scene, while at the same time turning over serious, important issues -- in this case: motherhood, race, class, female ambition, and female friendship. Rebecca and Cheryl are wonderful, complicated characters and I find myself thinking about them -- and their babies and mistakes and desires -- long after I've finished...