The acclaimed bestseller about a remarkable group of mothers and their trials, joys and secrets.
'All those things no one ever tells you about motherhood. It's like secret mothers' business. Lots of my friends had babies before me, but not one of them ever told me it would be this hard...It's like a code of silence.'
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 Mothers' Group is an unflinching and compelling portrait of the modern family in all its complexity and intensity: love, sex and marriage and all the joys and tensions of raising children in an increasingly complicated world. Moving, provocative, tender and utterly gripping, The Mothers' Group will draw you in and never let you go.
About the Author
Born in Melbourne and educated in Sydney, Fiona Higgins has worked in the philanthropic sector over the past 15 years. Her previous roles include Executive Director for The Caledonia Foundation, Philanthropy Services Manager for Cambooya Services, Programme Manager for The Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and Communications Officer at Australian Red Cross (NSW). Currently she is Director of Grantmaking and Evaluation at Australian Philanthropic Services, and sits on the board of The Caledonia Foundation and The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation. Fiona's memoir, Love in the Age of Drought, was published in 2009 by Macmillan and her first novel, The Mothers' Group, was published by Allen & Unwin in 2012, with foreign rights sold in France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain. She holds tertiary qualifications in the humanities and social sciences, and lives in Bali with her husband and three children.
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The Mothers' Group is the first novel by Australian author, Fiona Higgins. Six first-time mothers meet in a Mothers' Group: the events of their first year of motherhood are narrated from six very different perspectives. Ginie is a high-powered lawyer, the family's bread-winner; Made is the Balinese wife of an Australian engineer; Suzie is a single mum and trained masseuse, Miranda is married to a widower with a toddler, Pippa is a reticent woman with an enthusiasm for natural therapy; and Cara is friendly and empathetic with everyone.
Despite a hesitant start, and their inherent diversity, they begin to socialise, sharing experiences and ideas and supporting one another. They face a variety of obstacles and manage to vault many hurdles, but the unexpected events of their Mother's Day picnic will be their biggest challenge yet.
Higgins touches on a myriad of topics, some relevant to early motherhood (lack of sleep, lack of partner support, in-law interference, use of nannies, congenital defects, sibling rivalry and peri-natal genital injury), others more general (racial intolerance, inequity of earning power, infidelity, poverty, incontinence and alcoholism).
Higgins gives the reader a realistic plot, characters that are easy to identify with, and dialogue that can be heard in any café or park. The beachside suburbs and their culture are well drawn. The climax and the aftermath are no perfect Hollywood happily-ever-after, but totally believable. This is a brilliant debut novel. 4.5 stars
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st April 2013
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8 x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1