That Kind of Mother
by Rumaan Alam
I read the Kindle eBook.
That Kind of Mother follows a woman from the birth of her first child to her personal success as a poet.
What I Did Like
I very much enjoyed the beginning of this book. The birth, taking home the first child, and all the emotions, thoughts and reactions that swirl around a new mother seemed to echo what I felt and it really struck a chord with me. Her fears as well as her frustrations, even her selfishness all seemed pretty accurate from my experience to new motherhood and all the demands that go along with it.
What I Didn’t Like
About a third of the way through, the whole story changed. If the beginning hadn’t been so captivating, I may not have finished this one. I thought it was going to be a racial exploration, or we’d delve into the adoption of a child from a different race than your own but no, that’s not what it turned out to be at all. The rest of the story is about this self-centered woman who perpetrates to love her kids so very much, and be so colorblind, yet is intensely selfish in her own aspirations and can’t wait to be done with them and have them out of her hair and in the end, off to college and out of her life so she can be alone and write. And the whole business with Princess Diana’s life being a premonition for her own was absurd. Maybe I just didn’t understand this book but I ended up disliking the main character immensely by the end of the book and was very relieved when I hit the last page.
Also, the story was also not entirely cohesive. It kept straying off topic and bouncing around. I’d be reading along and be like what?! Where are we? What exactly are we talking about here? What is going on? and then it’s come back to the main storyline…
Lastly, for lack of a better description, I felt the language or writing of this novel was pompous and elitist. Unnecessarily frilly for what this story was about. Very clearly, it was just trying too hard.
Should You Read It?
Maybe I just didn’t put the effort into this one as I should, but I didn’t enjoy it much. The story didn’t really didn’t go anywhere. I’d say skip it. There are better self discovery books out there.
Rumaan Alam is the author of two novels with a third on the way. He lives in New York with his spouse and two children.
Learn more at: rumaanalam.com
Have you read this book? If so, what did you think? Let me know if the comments below.