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A thrilling generational saga about a young man's search for a parent he never knew, and a moving portrait of motherhood, race, and the truths we hide in the name of family. 

Jenry Castillo is a musical prodigy, raised by a single mother in Miami, who arrives at Brown University on a scholarship—but also to learn more about his late father, Jasper Patterson, a famous ballet dancer who died tragically when Jenry was two. On his search, he meets his estranged grandfather, Winston Patterson, a legendary professor of African American history and a fixture at the Ivy League school, who explodes his world with one question: Why is Jenry so focused on Jasper, when it was Winston’s daughter, Juliet, who was Jenry’s mother’s lover? Juliet is the parent he should be looking for—his other mother. 

Revelation follows revelation as each member of Jenry’s family steps forward to tell the story of his origin. Cartwheeling between the past and the present to stitch together the web of secrecy binding this family together while keeping them apart, The Other Mother is a celebration of love and resilience—masterfully exploring the intersections of race, class, and sexuality; the role of biology in defining who belongs to whom; and the complicated truth of what it means to be a family.

©2022 Rachel Harper (P)2022 Recorded Books

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A very different story that interweaves various relationships

What makes a family is explored from many angles in this compelling read about accomplished men and women who still have their own demons. A very modern story with biracial characters that explores in depth same sex relationships and artistic talents that approach the level of prodigies. I recommend it.

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The bond’s and constraints of family are brought together in this book. The reality of aging and choices we made when young dominate the novel. Having to accept anger and grief as a large part of life and move on to the life you want makes The Other Mother very hopeful.