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The School for Good Mothers

Frida Liu is the single mother of toddler Harriet. She works long hours at home so she can take care of Harriet but during a sleep-deprived moment, she makes a terrible mistake and leaves Harriet home alone so she can go into the office. Neighbors report it, and now the government is involved and seeing if Frida is a candidate for a Big Brother-like institution that measures the success or failure of a mother’s devotion. Eventually, Frida does go to the “school,” which is a year-long training program to turn “bad” mothers into “good” mothers, where Frida endures classism, racism and judgment from the other women. The book has “Handmaid’s Tale” and “1984” vibes with a modern twist.

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