Title: The Mother’s Group
Author: Fiona Higgins
Genre: Women’s Fiction
The Mothers’ Group tells the story of six very different women who agree to regularly meet soon after the births of their babies. Set during the first crucial year of their babies’ lives, The Mothers’ Group tracks the women’s individual journeys-and the group’s collective one-as they navigate birth and motherhood as well as the shifting ground of their relationships with their partners. Each woman strives in her own way to become the mother she wants to be, and finds herself becoming increasingly reliant on the friendship and support of the members of the mothers’ group. Until one day an unthinkably shocking event changes everything, testing their bonds and revealing closely held secrets that threaten to shatter their lives.
The plot of THE MOTHERS’ GROUP is centred on a group of women whose local mother and child health centre sets up in order to provide support for each other after the births of their babies. All the women are first time mothers, although one has a step-son, and they all live in and around Sydney’s Northern Beaches. There’s a workaholic and older mum, Ginie; a Balinese bride, Made, who is far from her family; Suzie is a single mum who embraces the alternative lifestyle; Pippa suffers from the after effects of a birth gone wrong along with postnatal depression; Cara, whose marriage is in trouble; and Miranda, who, along with caring for her first natural child, is a stepmother to a very demanding toddler.
The six characters take it in turn to tell the story and to take the reader back to who they are, how they met the father of their child and their situation now. Some of the mums are coping just fine, others are really struggling as they were not prepared for the reality of having a squalling, often smelly and extremely demanding little human in their lives. I could SO relate! Sleepless nights have to be the most effective way to destroy a person’s grip on sanity. Fiona Higgins is spot on in how she has depicted the range of emotions and problems that a first time mother goes through – and a second time come to think of it as Miranda has the same problems as the other mums, but with an active toddler as well.
Despite all the drama going on THE MOTHERS’ GROUP is no depressing in any way shape or form. From the first meeting the connections are made and the first tentative steps to friendship begin. The story follows the women for a year and then comes the first year celebration picnic outing and all hell breaks loose. Friendships are tested, marriages are tested and each of the women has to find the strength to build a life out of the tatters of that day and the aftermath. THE MOTHERS’ GROUP is a wonderful story that I recommend to all mums and to those who have friends and relations who are mums. I defy you to read this book and not have a better understanding of what a new mum could be going through.
Rating: B – Great. I really enjoyed reading it.
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The Mother’s Group is book # 19 for AWW2013