That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam.
(This sounds like spoilers but this is the first part of the novel.)
Rebecca Stone is a first time mother in the late 80’s/early 90’s. Her job is demanding and she quickly figured out that she needs help. A white woman, she hires a black nanny, Priscilla Johnson, who helps care for her son, continuing as he grows into a toddler. Two years later, Priscilla becomes pregnant and then sadly dies during childbirth. Rebecca and her husband decide that since Priscilla was such a large part of their life, they want to adopt her son. The story unfolds as this woman with two sons, one white and one black, that she loves equally, see’s how the world will treat them differently.
Oh Man, did I enjoy this book.
It’s a rare thing to say, but this one is about 300 pages long and it could of kept going. While the author did not end abruptly or anything, there was still a lot more of these people’s lives that she could of covered. I’m kinda hoping that she decides to write a sequel, as I would want to know more about, what happens next?
Honestly, there wasn’t much that I can think of that I didn’t really like. The beginning of the story was a bit drawn out, as I already knew that Priscilla was going to die, it’s sad to say but I was waiting for that to happen. But it was a very honest look at a woman who was a new mom, trying to balance a career and care for a newborn baby. None of it was sugarcoated or made to look easier then it was. Again after Priscilla dies and Rebecca has a toddler and a newborn baby, this time around much harder because she had no help. Everything was brutally honest and that was quite refreshing.
Overall, I really recommend this book. It made me think a lot. I’m really glad I read it and I think I’m going to see what else the author has published.
What do you think? Have you read it? What’s your opinion?