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The Mothers’ Group

by Fiona Higgins

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.

 

‘… it has that capacity that good social novels should have of creating meaning and intensity from what on the surface may appear to be ordinary … Higgins looks at the difficult moment of becoming parents with an unflinching but powerful humanity. Like The Slap, The Mothers’ Group is a top-shelf novel about contemporary Australian life.’  The Weekend Australian

‘… an enthralling read. Be prepared to burn the midnight oil, as it is impossible to put down.’  Sunday Herald Sun

‘An insightful and sensitively written novel that will resonate with many new (and less new) parents.’   The Saturday Age

‘The Mothers’ Group provides enough ‘aha’ moments of recognition to make even the most sleep-deprived mum smile. And I should know: I read it while juggling my three-month-old daughter.’   Bookseller & Publisher


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01 April, 2012

About Fiona Higgins

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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