THE FARM by Joanne Ramos moderated by Belletrist's Karah Preiss
Kramerbooks welcomes author Joanne Ramos for her debut novel, The Farm, for a discussion with Belletrist's Karah Preiss. Life is a lucrative business, as long as you play by the rules. Nestled in New York’s Hudson Valley is a luxury retreat boasting every amenity: organic meals, personal fitness trainers, daily massages—and all of it for free. In fact, you’re paid big money to stay here—more than you’ve ever dreamed of. The catch? For nine months, you cannot leave the grounds, your movements are monitored, and you are cut off from your former life while you dedicate yourself to the task of producing the perfect baby. For someone else. Jane, an immigrant from the Philippines, is in desperate search of a better future when she commits to being a “Host” at Golden Oaks—or the Farm, as residents call it. But now pregnant, fragile, consumed with worry for her family, Jane is determined to reconnect with her life outside. Yet she cannot leave the Farm or she will lose the life-changing fee she’ll receive on the delivery of her child. Gripping, provocative, heartbreaking, The Farm pushes to the extremes our thinking on motherhood, money, and merit and raises crucial questions about the trade-offs women will make to fortify their futures and the futures of those they love. PRAISE FOR JOANNE RAMOS'S DEBUTE NOVEL: Over ten outlets, including O: The Oprah Magazine online, The Millions, Parade, and Huffington Post, have named it one of 2019’s must-read books. Kirkus that called it “excellent, both as a reproductive dystopian narrative and as a social novel about women and class.” “This topical, provocative debut anatomizes class, race and the American dream.” -The Guardian, “What You’ll Be Reading This Year” “Equal parts feminist dystopia and immigrant story, Ramos’s debut novel couldn’t be more relevant or timely.” -O: The Oprah Magazine online “Ramos has written a firecracker of a novel, at once caustic and tender, page-turning and thought-provoking. This is a fierce indictment of the vampiric nature of modern capitalism, which never loses sight of the very human stories at its center. Highly recommended.” -Madeleine Miller, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Circe “A highly original and provocative story about the impossible choices in so many women’s lives. These characters will stay with me for a long time.” - Karen Thompson Walker, New York Times bestselling author of The Age of Miracles and The Dreamers ABOUT THE AUTHOR: JOANNE RAMOS was born in the Philippines and moved to Wisconsin when she was six. She graduated with a BA from Princeton University. After working in investment banking and private-equity investing for several years, she became a staff writer at The Economist. She lives in New York City with her husband and three children. This is a free event. There will be a standby line for waitlist tickets 10 minutes prior to event. A signing will follow the discussion. If you pre-purchase a copy of The Farm, it'll be available for pick-up at the event. Limited copies of The Farm will be sold day of.
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