In a Country of Mothers

In a Country of Mothers By A.M. Homes, In a Country of Mothers No relationship is charged than that between a psychotherapist and her patient unless it is the relationship between a mother and her daughter This disturbing literary thriller explores what happens w
  • Title: In a Country of Mothers
  • Author: A.M. Homes
  • ISBN: 9780679742432
  • Page: 167
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  • In a Country of Mothers By A.M. Homes, No relationship is charged than that between a psychotherapist and her patient unless it is the relationship between a mother and her daughter This disturbing literary thriller explores what happens when the line between those relationships blurs.Jody Goodman enters psychotherapy with questions of career and love on her mind But Claire Roth, her therapist, keeps chaNo relationship is charged than that between a psychotherapist and her patient unless it is the relationship between a mother and her daughter This disturbing literary thriller explores what happens when the line between those relationships blurs.Jody Goodman enters psychotherapy with questions of career and love on her mind But Claire Roth, her therapist, keeps changing the focus of their sessions to Jody s parentage Jody was adopted Claire gave up a baby for adoption who would now be exactly Jody s age As the two women become increasingly involved, speculation turns into certainty, fantasy into fixation Until suddenly it is no longer clear just which of them needs the other or with terrifying consequences.
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    1. A.M. Homes

      A.M Homes first name Amy is the author of the novels, This Book Will Save Your Life, Music For Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, and Jack, as well as the short story collections, Things You Should Know and The Safety of Objects, the travel memoir, Los Angeles People, Places and The Castle on the Hill, and the artist s book Appendix A An Elaboration on the Novel the End of Alice.In April of 2007 Viking published her long awaited memoir, The Mistress s Daughter, the story of the author being found by her biological family, and a literary exploration and investigation of identity, adoption and genealogical ties that bind.Her work has been translated into eighteen languages and appears frequently in Art Forum, Harpers, Granta, McSweeney s, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Zoetrope She is a Contributing Editor to Vanity Fair, Bomb and Blind Spot She has been the recipient of numerous awards including Fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, NYFA, and The Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library, along with the Benjamin Franklin Award, and the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis.In addition she has been active on the Boards of Directors of Yaddo, The Fine Arts Work Center In Provincetown, The Writers Room, and PEN where she chairs both the membership committee and the Writers Fund Additionally she serves on the Presidents Council for Poets and Writers.A.M Homes was a writer producer of the hit television show The L Word in 2004 2005 and wrote the adaptation of her first novel JACK, for Showtime The film aired in 2004 and won an Emmy Award for Stockard Channing Director Rose Troche s film adaptation of The Safety of Objects was released in 2003, and Troche is currently developing In A Country of Mothers as well Music For Torching is in development with director Steven Shainberg with a script by Buck Henry, and This Book Will Save Your Life is in Development with Stone Village Pictures.Born in Washington D.C she now lives in New York City.

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    1. DOMANDE SENZA RISPOSTAA.M.Homes introduce qui un tema che svilupper poi sempre alla sua maniera, cio senza mai andare a fondo nel suo romanzo memoir La figlia dell altra il tema dell abbandono e dell adozione, che sono sua stessa esperienza di vita.Il romanzo ambientato a New YorkUna ventenne, Jody, in terapia psicanalitica da Claire, che ha il doppio degli anni, sposata, con due figli, e da ragazzina era rimasta incinta e aveva lasciato la neonata in adozione.Se non che, nel corso delle loro se [...]


    2. My experience with A.M Homes books is that they are a weird combination of 1 scandalous, 2 boring, and 3 sometimes wonderful on a line by line basis, good for that one shot observation that you could have given the same words to if only you d been smart enough to think of it first Exhibit for 1 All of The End of Alice.Exhibit for 2 Also, somehow, all of The End of Alice, since the characters never seemed real at all to me and thus, the whole narrative was like ennui eating scabs ennui leaking sh [...]


    3. As a general rule, I hate A.M Holmes I mean, I get what she s trying to do, Are these allegories Bad fiction Or am I trying to say that life is so godawful that when you write about it realistically it reads like a really, really terrible novel but it comes across to me as atrocious writing This one gets points for addressing a lot of the truly horrific misogynist practices left in the world, even if it does so in poorly crafted prose.


    4. A M Homes s In a country of mothers is not a very likeable book It starts off with a mediocre enough seeming story one exploring the fantastically American institution of therapy as a white American middle class staple with boring characters, and develops into a full fledged thriller about a trauma related obsession with a fantasy of motherhood All the way through, Homes keeps her boring characters boring, but also adds a little unprofessionalism, violence, and dislikeability into the mix, so th [...]


    5. faccio la psicologa e mi sento sempre in colpail punto spostare la colpa e risolvere quella degli altri spesso si sceglie una professione per motivi inconsapevoli, ma chi fa il terapeuta sa bene quali sono i motivi che lo spingono a fare quel lavoro lo faccio e so perch lo faccio Claire non ne del tutto consapevole, ma il testo ugualmente credibile, almeno finora Jodi invece sembra uscita da un libro di Alice Miller e questo, almeno per me, un bene prima parte fulminante, subito dopo la tensione [...]


    6. This is a frustrating story about a young woman, Jody, who makes an appointment with a new therapist, Claire Roth They hit it off surprisingly well, in part because Jody tells of her adoption twenty something years ago Claire put a little girl up for adoption around that same time As their relationship grows as client therapist, Claire begins to have feelings for Jody that could be described as somewhat maternal, leaving Claire to begin to wonder if Jody was the child she had given up so many ye [...]


    7. I wasn t able to finish this I don t mind a book that makes me feel uncomfortable sometimes that can be good Homes often writes about the awkward, the squeamish, and I have liked a few of her other later books There s plenty about this novel that would typically make me squirm, like the breach of the ever sensitive client mental health practitioner relationship, or the trope of the ruined woman post abortion adoption both are present here Instead of effectively working the discomfort to turn the [...]


    8. i have kind of a love like relationship with a.m homes sometimes i love her work, sometimes it bores the hell out of me this one was was in the middle i liked it enough, but something wasn t ringing true here, and when i found out she borrowed heavily from her own story of being adopted, i figured that must be it maybe the subject matter was too close for her to be able to write in a completely authentic way about a situation where a psychologist gets too close to a patient that she believes mi [...]


    9. What is there to say about this book It was a wildly uncomfortable read Claire, a therapist crosses one line after another with her client Jody And when things really hit the fever pitch, it just wasn t enough, it didn t go far enough There weren t consequences And it was kind of boring between pacing and a handful of good one liners Too bad.


    10. The plot here is such a fantastic idea, you wonder why it s never been done before Perhaps it has You wonder why it isn t a whole genre The self deluded therapist using their position of power to manipulate patients DANGER SPOILER AHEAD This is the dynamic On the one hand we have Claire, a therapist who, when she was 18, gave up a baby girl for adoption On the other hand we have a young lady, Jody, who is an adoptee and who has approximately the same birthdate as the therapist s lost baby.You ca [...]


    11. i have kind of a love like relationship with a.m homes sometimes i love her work, sometimes it bores the hell out of me this one was was in the middle i liked it enough, but something wasn t ringing true here, and when i found out she borrowed heavily from her own story of being adopted, i figured that must be it maybe the subject matter was too close for her to be able to write in a completely authentic way about a situation where a psychologist gets too close to a patient that she believes mi [...]


    12. I honestly don t know what to say yet about this book It s clearly than I bargained for It has left me not being able to sleep and to be involved in self evaluation The relationship of Claire, the therapist and Jody, the client is well beyond what is healthy for either of them, but they are not silly people They know so much of what is bad for them, but they are pressed, willingly into a relationship that destroys much of their internal sanity Both have incredible chinks in their emotional armo [...]


    13. A very odd selection for me since I m not one who s overly interested in the mother daughter relationship But I chose this book because Homes is one of my favorite authors Despite not being able to relate to Claire s desire for a daughter nor Jody s unconscious need for a present mother, I was still able to find the characterization of each extremely authentic Although this book lacked some of the shock value of her other works, I still thoroughly enjoyed the complex and developing relationship [...]


    14. A M Homes writes things other authors are too scared to go near those moments of pure hatred one person can feel for another, for example This lifts a so so story to near greatness, her preparedness to twist a story in exactly the most painful way, and to leave ends untied and suffering unallayed, these things keep us turning the pages The story is of a psychotherapist who is ultimately too damaged, too victimised, to truly heal anyone, and the excruciating descriptions of transference and count [...]


    15. I d actually like to give this 3.5 stars but one can t so4 it is I loved this book for most of the way through but became a little impatient with the two main characters towards the end It s a well written book about the relationship between a therapist and her young female client The novel gets a little twisted towards the last couple of chapters but I won t say any about that I think I ll check out books by A.M.Homes, she s a good writer.My last book of 2009


    16. 3.5 but I ll go 4.It s been awhile since a book has left me feeling so off kilter Right from the start I was into the story As I got further into the book I began to get and sucked into the characters and their burgeoning relationship and I was having a hard time putting it down Well, as things began to turn, obsessive is what comes to mind, it was so uncomfortable for me to keep reading And still, it s definitely one of those books that I ll continue to think about.


    17. Boring, boring, boring, boring A quick read, read almost all of it in one day, the writing was good, the story was boring There was only one exciting part in the book almost at the end that lasted for half a page and then it wasn t mentioned again The book ended like the author ran out of paper I would not reccommend this, there are much better books out there


    18. This book held my interest with strong characterization, humor, an engrossing situation, vivid writing Then at the end everything fell apart I felt sad for the two main characters but found them less believable Instead of moving toward integration, or even tragedy, each woman became almost a caricature of disintegration.


    19. My girlfriend, A.M Holmes, has this way of leaving me feeling completely dejected and empty at the end of her books That is why I love her so This book is about a girl and her psychologist The psychologist starts to believe that her patient is her daughter that she gave up for adoption when she was young Of course, it spirals into obsession and weirdness that only A.M Homes can create.


    20. I wanted to finish this and also don t want to finish it I don t know, I have better things to do than read upwards of a hundred pages of this I skimmed to the end and its dramatic but it wouldn t be a surprise now, so there s no reason to finish it, at least not now Maybe one day I ll come back to it.


    21. Interesting subject matter, but I could not finish the book sadly for me, because I read A.M Homes books cover to cover the novel seemed to be dragged out a little too far for me I can t comment further really, because I think you should read it and come to your own conclusion.



    22. quite an interesting psychological thriller, about therapy and adoption This is the first book I have read of this author and it makes me want to read another a world spinning out of control


    23. Some interesting dynamics and good characters but a bit of a lull 2 thirds of the way through I think it s going to make a good book group discussion.


    24. Even from the beginning, reading this book before my therapy appointments was a little uncomfortable So before I go any further I want to say that up front, since it speaks to a fundamental quality of the book Past that there were some frustrations but that s, to me, the most important takeaway.I remember the thing that most impressed me about May We Be Forgiven was the pacing of the book, which felt like a gripping thriller even though the events in the book weren t really gripping or thrilling [...]



    25. A bleak vision of life, humanity and motherhood is evinced in this work There is little of value or redeeming about this book Sometimes there is a clever twist of phrase what memory was for people a stomping ground for bad feelings, frozen worst moments, gone over again and again until they were smooth and hard like calluses or beach glass a cocaine white limo if Jake were left alone with Rosenblatt, together they would perform strange male rituals that worked like magnetic polar curses and drov [...]


    26. In un paese di madri un libro che quando inizi a leggere dentro di te dici si, va bene, un libro normale, niente di pi e niente di meno E quando finisci questo pensiero ti accorgi di avere gi divorato chiss quante pagine senza neppure rendertene conto, scivolato via sopra la storia senza alcun tipo di trauma La narrazione procede tranquilla in un alternanza di terza persona soggettiva, tra le due protagoniste, delineando una prima parte davvero davvero molto bella Se A M Homes riuscisse a manten [...]


    27. Grossartig Kurzweilig und doch intensiv, rasant und doch tiefgr ndig, berraschend und doch authentisch und zumindest was das Grundthema Adoption angeht wohl auch autobiografisch Eine junge Frau sucht Hilfe f r eine berufliche Entscheidung bei einer Psychotherapeutin Die junge Frau ist als Baby halblegal adoptiert worden denn in den 60ger Jahren war das noch ein Tabuthema in den USA und hat u a wegen diesem grundlegenden Identifikationsproblem schon ihr halbes Leben mit Therapie verbracht Nun ger [...]


    28. I listened to this book as an audiobook via my library s OneClickdigital App I don t really know what made me pick up this book, but I found the blurb very interesting and the best way I can describe how I felt towards this book whilst reading it and having finished it is, quite odd but in a good way it isn t quite as I expected, and at some points I felt some of the finer detail was not necessary, for example, Jodie s working life in NYC, it seemed her life at UCLA was definitely relevant to t [...]


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