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The Other Mother

Matthew Green

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), General fiction (Children's / Teenage)

As in Matthew Green's beloved MEMOIRS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND, Matthew writes a character with a foot in two worlds - child and adult - who has a unique voice and is able to reveal truths about family love, friendship, anger, the expectations of a child, and exactly who our mothers are.

Michael Perkins, a 13-year-old awkward teenager, is dealing with a lot.

After his father's sudden death, his mother married the awful Glen. His two younger siblings drive him crazy, yet he's had to become a de facto parent as his mother works double-shifts to keep the family afloat. And he struggles with anger issues.

Then one day, Michael wakes up and his mother is gone. She's been replaced by an exact duplicate mother, the 'other mother'. No one else seems to notice the impostor - his brother, sister and Glen act as if nothing's wrong - but Michael knows in his bones that this mother is not his.

What follows is the coming-of-age story of a boy forced to be a man too early, a boy struggling with an unusual disorder, a boy who has the unique opportunity to see his mother as someone other than his mother. He's a kid facing extraordinary circumstances and unparalleled challenges, but, as he discovers secrets about his father's passing, his feelings for the girl next door, and the reality about his mother, he also finds strength.

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Praise for The Other Mother

  • A novel as creative, brave, and pitch-perfect as its narrator, an imaginary friend named Budo, who reminds us that bravery comes in the most unlikely forms. It has been a long time since I read a book that has captured me so completely, and has wowed me with its unique vision. You've never read a book like this before. As Budo himself might say: Believe me

  • Green's gripping and cleverly paced narrative never loses faith with its troubled hero - Financial Times

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Matthew Green

Matthew Green is an author, storyteller and school teacher. He is the author of four previous novels including the international bestseller, Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend. His work has been translated into more than 25 languages. Matthew Green lives in Connecticut with his wife, their two children and two pet cats.

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