The Good Mother Author:Sue Miller "Everyone knows you're a good mother, Anna." That was Ursula talking, Anna Dunlap's friend, at the start of the custody fight for four year old Molly. Anna herself had explained it to the court-appointed psychiatrist: "We were all-Molly too-we were all happy. It was part of the new world he, my lover, opened up to me, where I was beautiful, ... more »sex together was beautiful, and Molly was part of our love,our life."
But the world of Molly's father and his new wife-both proper young lawyers-of Anna's patriarchal grandfather and her faultless mother and aunts, the world of the self-controlled and self-righteous, saw in Anna's new independence an dlove a scenario of reckless disregard and, in time, a grave threat to Molly. As this superbly written novel unfolds, we come to see Anna as a genuinely caring woman made careless by fulfillment. We also observe, perhaps as unvittingly as Anna does, the development of an all-too-natural misunderstanding between her and her lover that will produce the grounds on which her ex-husband will act against her.