Electrifying Debut Novel

Josephine has her family under control. With two beautiful daughters, a brilliantly intelligent son, a tech-guru of a husband and a historical landmark home, her life is perfect.  But living in this matriarch’s cheerful, yet subtly controlling world hasn’t been easy for her family, and when her oldest daughter, Rose, runs off with a mysterious boyfriend, Josephine tightens her grip, gradually turning her home into a sort of prison.  Resentful of her sister’s newfound freedom, Violet turns to philosophy, drugs, and fasting, eventually landing herself in the psych ward. Meanwhile, her brother Will shrinks further into a world of self-doubt. Recently diagnosed with Aspergers and epilepsy, he’s separated from the other kids around town and is homeschooled to ensure his safety. Their father, Douglas, finds resolve in the bottom of the bottle—an addict craving his own chance to escape. Josephine struggles to maintain the family’s fa├žade, but when a violent incident leads to a visit from child protective services, the truth about the family might finally be revealed. Written with the style, dark wit and shrewd psychological insight that made her memoir Smashed a bestseller, Koren Zailckas’s first novel, Mother Mother, is unforgettable. 

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