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The Mothers

Jennifer Gilmore

Jesse and Ramon are a happy, loving couple but after years trying to get pregnant they turn to adoption, relieved to think that once they navigate the bureaucratic path to parenthood they will finally be able to bring a child into their family. But nothing prepared them for the labyrinthine process - for the many training sessions and approvals, for the ocean of advice, for the birthmothers who would contact them but not choose them, for the women who would call claiming that they had chosen Jesse and Ramon but weren't really pregnant. All the while, husband and wife grapple with notions of race, class, culture, and changing family dynamics as they navigate the difficult, absurd, and often heart-breaking terrain of domestic open adoption.

Jesse and Ramon are a happy, loving couple but after years trying to get pregnant they turn to adoption, relieved to think that once they navigate the bureaucratic path to parenthood they will finally be able to bring a child into their family. But nothing prepared them for the labyrinthine process - for the many training sessions and approvals, for the ocean of advice, for the birthmothers who would contact them but not choose them, for the women who would call claiming that they had chosen Jesse and Ramon but weren't really pregnant. All the while, husband and wife grapple with notions of race, class, culture, and changing family dynamics as they navigate the difficult, absurd, and often heart-breaking terrain of domestic open adoption.
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Jesse and Ramon are a happy, loving couple but after years trying to get pregnant they turn to adoption, relieved to think that once they navigate the bureaucratic path to parenthood they will finally be able to bring a child into their family. But nothing prepared them for the labyrinthine process - for the many training sessions and approvals, for the ocean of advice, for the birthmothers who would contact them but not choose them, for the women who would call claiming that they had chosen Jesse and Ramon but weren't really pregnant. All the while, husband and wife grapple with notions of race, class, culture, and changing family dynamics as they navigate the difficult, absurd, and often heart-breaking terrain of domestic open adoption.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Tavia Gilbert

Length:

8h 9m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:17


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

22:52


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

32:29


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

15:12


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

19:36


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

18:45


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

18:27


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

12:52


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

06:44


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

09:25


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

18:15


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

08:12


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

25:29


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

48:30


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

20:36


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

13:28


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

18:39


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

26:14


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

42:10


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

28:51


Part 3, Chapter 20
Part 3, Chapter 20

23:26


Part 3, Chapter 21
Part 3, Chapter 21

08:31


Part 3, Chapter 22
Part 3, Chapter 22

30:38


Part 4, Chapter 23
Part 4, Chapter 23

15:11


Part 4, Chapter 24
Part 4, Chapter 24

04:29


Part 4, Chapter 25
Part 4, Chapter 25

00:40