About the Book
When Mary and Ann agree to a surrogacy partnership everything goes awry. Ann, a pre-school teacher, is desperate for the children she physically can’t have. Mary, a 50-year-old pagan jeweler, hopes to make amends for years of maternal neglect. Together, they plunge into the expensive, morally complex world of reproductive technology and an intimacy neither they, nor Ann’s husband, Joel, is prepared for. Financially hard-pressed, Joel goes behind Ann’s back and agrees to help Mary grow a marijuana crop in her attic. Ann struggles with the rigors and enforced togetherness of the reproductive regime. And Mary’s delight in being a “bountiful earth mother” is offset by the physical ordeal of bearing multiple fetuses. The stakes escalate as the police start sniffing around the grow house, a pagan ritual goes tragically awry, and the pregnancy becomes more perilous, forcing Ann, Joel, and Mary to confront the potentially calamitous consequences of pursuing their deepest desires. Sharp and audacious, Laura Catherine Brown’s MADE BY MARY is a black comedy using magic realism to blow up myths about women, mothers, and motherhood, where even the most extreme situations are rendered with candor, intelligence, and empathy.
About the Author
Laura Catherine Brown is the author of Quickening (Random House) and Made by Mary (C&R Press). Her short stories have appeared Monkeybicycle, Paragraphiti, Tin House, and other literary journals. She lives in New York City, where she’s currently writing a third novel.
About the In-Conversation partner
Hillary Jordan is the author of the novels Mudbound (2008) and When She Woke (2011), as well as the digital short "Aftermirth," all published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.
This event takes place in our Brooklyn location. Entrance is a $5 voucher which can be purchased in advance online or at the door. The $5 voucher can be used towards anything in the store, including Made By Mary or Mudbound! Please note that if a copy of the event book is purchased at the event, there is no need to purchase a voucher as well.
Ann is desperate for the children she can't have because of a medical condition. Her mother Mary, a 50-year-old self-described pagan, hopes to make amends for her maternal neglect. Together, they plunge into the expensive, morally complex world of reproductive technology and an intimacy neither they, nor Ann's husband, Joe, is prepared for.
This voucher is good towards entrance to this event in our Brooklyn location. The $5 voucher can be used towards anything in the store, including Made By Mary or Mudbound! Please note that if a copy of the event book is purchased at the store, there is no need to purchase a voucher as well.
The International Bestseller
Now a major motion picture from Netflix, directed by Dee Rees, nominated in four categories for the Academy Awards.
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