Jane è una giovane madre single immigrata negli Stati Uniti dalle Filippine. Vive in un dormitorio nel Queens, a New York, insieme alla cugina Evelyn e a tante altre donne che, come lei, sono venute qui con la speranza di una vita e di un futuro migliori. Dopo i primi lavori presso alcune facoltose famiglie di Manhattan, Jane riesce a entrare a Golden Oaks, una residenza idilliaca nelle campagne del fiume Hudson che ospita «madri surrogate», donne e ragazze bisognose come Jane, che concedono il proprio corpo alle ricche «clienti» in cambio di un compenso che potrà letteralmente trasformare la loro vita. Ben presto, però, affiora il durissimo compromesso a cui devono adeguarsi le «Ospiti»: Golden Oaks, gestita da un’ambiziosa donna d’affari di origini cinesi, è in realtà una prigione dorata, un ambiente «calibrato per massimizzare il potenziale fetale», dove le ospiti sono tenute sotto strettissima sorveglianza. L’esperienza straziante a cui va incontro Jane è una versione inquietante del sogno americano, dove il denaro permette di comprare e vendere qualunque cosa, persino la vita. Protagoniste sono le donne, vittime e carnefici di un meccanismo sottile e perverso, in cui si intrecciano ambizione e potere, desiderio di riscatto e spirito di sacrificio. Il risultato è un affresco spietato e insieme toccante di un universo femminile costretto a fare i conti con i propri valori e sentimenti più profondi.
- ISBN: 883331216X
- Casa Editrice: Ponte alle Grazie
- Pagine: 420
Or will she admit, as she has rarely conceded, that life is sometimes more complicated than easy judgements? That maybe, sometimes, you do the most good when it seems like you’re doing nothing much at all. Some time ago, I read a starred review for The Farm , requested an arc, got approved, and th Leggi tutto
The Farm is a place where women (especially immigrants) go to serve as surrogates for wealthy families while living in spa-like surroundings. These women are handsomely paid for their services making it a win-win for both parties. Oh man this could have been such a great book. If you dive into this b Leggi tutto
The Farm is a story about women serving as surrogates (hosts) for wealthy clients at Golden Oaks, a private estate in New York. The host selection process is intense and competitive, but offers a large financial reward for those selected who do not breach the strict terms of their contract. The stor Leggi tutto
As I begin writing this review, I feel like it might be an unpopular opinion. However, as of this time, the average rating is 3.51 stars and most of my Goodreads friends seem to be giving it 3 stars. So, while my rating is lower than most, overall the opinions of this book seem to trend downwards. Wi Leggi tutto
The Farm is a biting social commentary. Joanne Ramos is outraged in a good way. Her outrage simmers below the surface at times. Other times, it boils over. At first glance, the novel appears as an indictment of the one percent and their exploitation of the poor. But for Golden Oaks (the novel's high Leggi tutto
“The Farm”... called “Golden Oaks”, is a surrogacy Farm. Women are impregnated with sperm to host a child. Most of the ‘host women’ are black Caribbean immigrant women. They need jobs - the money is good. The clients are wealthy and white. It’s an intriguing story - but the writing often felt motion Leggi tutto
This was an ok read, but could have been even better. The Farm is a place where young women are recruited to become surrogate mothers for wealthy clients. The recruits are watched at all times, even their emails are monitored, they have a prescribed diet and an exercise plan they have to adhere to.
2.5 ‘Meh’ Stars A bit predictable, one-dimensional, the only thing that wasn’t flat for me is the image on the cover. The ending is oddly disconnected to the rest of the book, as though there’s an entire thought process or some key information missing. That being said, I do think that this will likel Leggi tutto
The Farm has a phenomenal premise with well-executed imagery. The grounds of the "farm" and described so that you feel you're there yourself and the characters are all lifelike and realistic. BUT, I didn't like this book as much as I'd hoped I would when I eagerly picked it up. The situations Jane f Leggi tutto
There has been a lot of hype surrounding Joanne Ramos's debut novel, so I must begin by saying: yes, this is one of those rare occasions that the noise was completely justified. Many have described it as a contemporary of Margaret Atwood's dystopian masterpiece The Handmaid's Tale, but given the dir Leggi tutto
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