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They call themselves the May Mothers -- a collection of new moms who gave birth in the same month. Twice a week, with strollers in tow, they get together in Prospect Park, seeking refuge from the isolation of new motherhood; sharing the fears, joys, and anxieties of their new child-centered lives.

When the group's members agree to meet for drinks at a hip local bar, they have in mind a casual evening of fun, a brief break from their daily routine. But on this sultry Fourth of July night during the hottest summer in Brooklyn's history, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is abducted from his crib. Winnie, a single mom, was reluctant to leave six-week-old Midas with a babysitter, but the May Mothers insisted that everything would be fine. Now Midas is missing, the police are asking disturbing questions, and Winnie's very private life has become fodder for a ravenous media.

Though none of the other members in the group are close to the reserved Winnie, three of them will go to increasingly risky lengths to help her find her son. And as the police bungle the investigation and the media begin to scrutinize the mothers in the days that follow, damaging secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are formed and fractured.

Unfolding over the course of thirteen fraught days and culminating in an exquisite and unexpected twist, The Perfect Mother is the perfect book for our times -- a complex, nuanced, and addictively readable story that exposes the truth of modern mothers' lives as it explores the power of an ideal that is based on a lie.



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Aimee Molloy

Aimee Molloy's debut novel, The Perfect Mother, centers around a group of women whose lives become indelibly connected when one of their newborns goes missing. This thrilling novel is being adapted for the big screen by Kerry Washington, who hails it as: "a gripping page-turner that explores the pressures of modern motherhood as well as a mother's absolute worst nightmare." Inspired by her own experience as a young mother in Brooklyn, the novel brings to light issues that many women (and some men) face after their children are born - navigating expectations and expert advice around how "best" to raise an infant - in addition to managing one's career; maintaining a healthy, happy relationship with your partner; "getting back" your pre-baby body, etc. Early readers couldn't put it down, calling it: "a fast-paced, twisty, engrossing read" (Megan Miranda) ; "a true page turner!" (B.A. Paris) ; and "a riveting mystery" (Kimberly McCreight) . Harper will publish The Perfect Mother in May 2018.

Aimee is also the author of However Long the Night and the co-author of several works of non-fiction, including Jantsen's Gift, with Pam Cope. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two daughters. Learn more at www.aimeemolloy.com.



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