"The Good Mother is the story of a good mother who made some poor choices.
Anna Dunlap is a recently divorced woman with a young daughter, Molly. They live together in a small apartment in Cambridge, and they are reasonably happy together, and then Anna meets Leo. Leo is an artist, a free spirit, and Anna begins to lose herself in her relationship with Leo, losing herself so much that she often "forgets" Molly. This absentmindedness of Anna's costs her more than she could ever imagine, when her ex-husband, Brian, takes her to court for full custody of Molly.
The Good Mother is an excellent story and a must read for any mother, especially those who are separated or divorced.
... some of the sex was a bit graphic for me
... found The Good Mother very difficult to put down, and a fascinating glimpse into the psyche of Anna Dunlap." amazon review
One of my favorite books of all time, this made me a lifelong fan of Sue Miller's writing. The story itself is haunting and beautiful, but underneath that, Miller is exploring the expectations of women in our culture: are the roles of devoted mother and sexual persona mutually exclusive?
Recently divorced, Anna Dunlop has two passionate attachments: Molly, her four-year-old daughter, and her lover, Leo, the man who has made her feel beautiful - and sexual - for the first time in a long, long time. Swept away by happiness and passion, Anna feels that she has everything she needs in her life. Almost blind to certain changes around her, Anna will soon find that these shocking changes will threaten her new love, her new "family" and will eventually force her to prove she is a good mother.
I am not entirely sure, but I think that I may have read this book many, many years ago. Some of the scenes in it seemed slightly familiar to me, but I don't think that my having read it before affected my rereading of the book too much - I still couldn't remember the ending of the story! :) I loved this book and give it top marks, even though I found the sex scenes in the book almost too graphic for me.
I understand that the book needed to be graphic to make the plot work, however I guess I was just not that used to having such scenes be so descriptive. I found this book to be well written and very engrossing though, and would certainly recommend this book to other readers. I give this book an A+! and look forward to reading more books by Sue Miller in the future.
I didn't particularly like this one. I read it because it was mentioned on the cover of _Harvesting the Heart_, though I have two other books by this author that made no impression on me (to be honest, I think it was by mistake that I even had more than other one). On the surface, I can see why this can be seen as similar to Jodi Picoult's work - the family drama, the court case... but the characters (other than the little girl), were not very real or endearing. And while the ending was in depth - it still wasn't satisfying. Mostly, it felt like a book carrying a heavy-handed feminist slant that was barely masked in the plot. I wouldn't recommend this.
What a page-turner!Anna Dunlap is newly divorced with a 4-year old daughter, Molly. The story examines her new life with Molly on her own. But when she meets Leo, she finds a love she's never known. He awakens her sensual self and they live an ideal loving life until her ex files charges for custody. The custody trial is tense and emotional. Will she have to give up her lover in order to keep her child? How far would you go to keep your child?
Recently divorced Anna Sunlap has two passionate attrachments to her daughter four year old molly to her lover Leo the man who made her feel beautiful and sexual for the first time. They were a magical threesome a little drunk on happiness and passion Anna never expected the shocking chages that would threaten her new love her new family that would force her to prove she was a good mother
Recently devorced, Anna Dunlap had two passionate attachments; To her daughter and to her lover. She never expected the shocking changes that will threaten her love, her family, and force her to prove she was a good mother
Recently divorced, Anna Dunlap had two passionate attachments: to her daughter, four-year-old Molly; to her lover, Leo, the man her made her feel beautiful - and sexual - for the first time. They were a magical threesome - a little drunk on happiness and passion. Anna never expected the shocking changes that would threaten her new love, her new "family" .... that would force her to prove that she was a "good mother".