A Scribner Reading Group Guide The Mothers by Jennifer Gilmore This reading group guide for The Mothers includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Jennifer Gilmore. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.
Jennifer Gilmore’s The Mothers
introduces us to Jesse and Ramon, a loving couple who, after trying to get pregnant for years, have decided to pursue open adoption. The myriad pitfalls and hoops to jump through surrounding the process confound the couple as they try to follow all the rules set forth by adoption agencies, while also hoping to attract a birthmother to choose them. Through heartache and challenges, The Mothers
follows Jesse and Ramon for over a year as they do all they can to bring a child into their lives. Topics & Questions for Discussion
1.Discuss “The Mothers” we meet in the novel and Jesse’s relationships with each of them.
2.Jesse and Ramon find themselves discussing race and drug and alcohol use as they make their way through the adoption process. Talk about the pom-pom exercise they did in Raleigh.
3.Talk about Jesse and Lucy’s relationship with Claudi