A Good Mother : A Novel
On Sale Date: May 11, 2021
$16.99 USD, $21.99 CAD
ABOUT THE BOOK:
A gripping page turner about two young mothers, one grisly murder, and the lengths both women will go in the name of their children.
When young decorated combat veteran Travis Hollis is found stabbed through the heart at a U.S. Army base in Germany, there is no doubt that his wife, Luz, is to blame. But was it an act of self defense? A frenzied attempt to save her infant daughter from domestic abuse? Or the cold blood murder of an innocent man?
As the case heads to trial in Los Angeles, hard-charging attorney Abby Rosenberg is eager to return from maternity leave—and her quickly fracturing home life—to take the case and defend Luz. Abby, a new mother herself, is committed to ensuring Luz avoids prison and retains custody of her daughter. But as the evidence stacks up against Luz, Abby realizes the task proves far more difficult than she suspected – especially when she has to battle for control over the case with her co-counsel, whose dark absorption with Luz only complicates matters further.
As the trial careens toward an outcome no one expects, readers will find themselves in the seat of the jurors, forced to answer the question - what does it mean to be a good mother? A good lawyer? And who is the real monster?
About The Author
Lara Bazelon is an attorney, journalist, MacDowell Fellow, former public defender, and professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she holds the Phillip and Muriel C. Barnett Chair in Trial Advocacy. She is also the author of Rectify: The Power of Restorative Justice After Wrongful Conviction, as well as the upcoming nonfiction book, Ambitious Like a Mother: Women, Ambition, and Motherhood, and her writing has been published widely in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, The Washington Post, and many others.
Author website: https://larabazelon.com/
I almost gave up on this book, but kept reading to the end, and I’m glad
I did. There are so many surprises I never saw happening, and just when
you think you have heard it all, well, don’t get to comfortable!
I felt sympathy for this teenage on trial for murder, a new mother, was she protecting her baby?
Then the lead lawyer, who should have been home with her new baby! Then the Assistant Attorney, you wonder if he is ready to throw his whole life away?
The twists and turns here are great, but the morals of all involved in this story is terrible, and the language leaves a lot to be desired.
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher