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Jessamine Chan on The School for Good Mothers with Julia Phillips

February 3, 2022 via Zoom

In one of the most anticipated debuts of 2022, a single lapse in judgement lands a young mother in a government reform program where custody of her child hangs in the balance. Jessamine Chan’s The School for Good Mothers is an explosive page turner and a transgressive novel about the violence enacted upon women by both the state and, at times, one another; the systems that separate families; and the boundlessness of love. National Book Award finalist Julia Phillips (Disappearing Earth) joined Chan in conversation about this terrifyingly timely novel.

In Conversation

  • Jessamine Chan by Beowulf Sheehan

    Jessamine Chan

    Jessamine Chan

    Jessamine Chan’s short stories have appeared in Tin House and Epoch. A former reviews editor at Publishers Weekly, she holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Brown University. She lives in Chicago with her husband and daughter.

    Photo Credit: Beowulf Sheehan

  • Julia-Phillips-(photo-by-Nina-Subin)

    Julia Phillips

    Julia Phillips

    Julia Phillips is the debut author of the internationally bestselling novel Disappearing Earth, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. A Fulbright fellow, Julia has written for the New York Times, the Atlantic, and the Paris Review. She teaches at the Randolph College MFA program and lives in Brooklyn.

    Photo Credit: Nina Subin