The School for Good Mothers, Jessamine Chan
Set in near-future America, The School for Good Mothers introduces readers to a government-run reform program where bad mothers are retrained using robot doll children with artificial intelligence. Protagonist Frida Liu, a 39-year-old Chinese-American single mother in Philadelphia, loses custody of her 18-month-old daughter Harriet after she leaves Harriet home alone for two hours on one very bad day. To regain custody, Frida must spend a year at [the] newly-created institution, where she practices parenting with bad mothers from all over the county. There, she learns to love an uncannily life-like toddler girl doll in order to demonstrate her maternal instincts and prove to her family court judge that she deserves a second chance.
1.3" H x 9.1" L x 6.3" W, 336 pages. hardcover.