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  • A taut and propulsive take on the cult of motherhood and the notion of what makes a good mother. Destined to be feminist classic - it kept me up at night

    Pandora Sykes
  • This beautifully lucid, crisp first novel is like a Handmaid's Tale for the 21st century, but both easier going and more devastating. Is a mother's love ever good enough? Does becoming a mother mean mothballing all your former selves for good? There is fury behind Chan's precise and elegant prose, and sly humour too. A must-read

    India Knight, Sunday Times
  • A haunting tale of identity and motherhood - as devastating as it is imaginative

    Afua Hirsch
  • Examining race, privilege and the pressures of perfectionism, it will resonate with fans of Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere

    Elle UK
  • A clever premise, well executed in lean, lucid prose - The Handmaid's Tale for the Squid Game generation

    The Telegraph
  • A riveting, thought-provoking read

    Daily Mail
  • The School for Good Mothers imagines a world terrifyingly close to our own - a world in which the slightest parenting misstep, the tiniest error of judgement, is enough for the authorities to remove your child and send you for 're-education'. One for fans of The Handmaid's Tale and any exhausted parent who has fantasised - if only for a moment - about getting in the car and driving far, far away from it all

    Refinery29 UK
  • It's a gripping debut - claustrophobic in its evocation of heartbreaking injustice, nightmarishly plausible in the tyrannical perfectionism that powers it

    Mail on Sunday
  • Impossible to stop reading -- Chan captures the terrifying helplessness of a mother making bad choices and losing control in a fascinating dystopia of state surveillance. This brilliant rendering of a flawed and complicated heroine highlights many compelling issues of race and expectations of motherhood, with masterful storytelling of love and heartbreak and terror and suspense

    Frances Cha
  • A timely and remarkable debut

    Carmen Maria Machado, author of HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES

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