Title: The Farm
Author: Joanne Ramos
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishers
Publishing Date: 18th May 2019
My Rating: 3 stars
The Farm is about surrogacy, bearing a child of another woman against an attractive amount of money. It’s a business, a reality, trading of womb against a luxury.
Mae Yu, an enthusiastic businesswoman, runs The Farm where young women are hired as surrogates for the richest couples in town. Those richest couples either don’t have time to bear a child or couldn’t have the fertility to conceive one. The surrogates called as hosts are given the best of the facilities and handsome amount of bonus in return of delivering a healthy child.
Jane Reyes, an immigrant from the Philippines chose to be a surrogate mother for she needed money for the better future and securing the life of her only daughter, Amalia.
The book also talks about other hosts and why they chose to be in Golden Oaks. Money was the prime reason for each of them and life which is never fair. There are Reagan and Lisa, and their account on how they end up as surrogates. The farm clearly is an important book telling stories of class, race, and money.
The book started with the normal build-up and the characters come into the picture gradually. I was hooked in the part where Jane grew impatient to meet her daughter after knowing she might be terribly sick. The part which clearly reflected the intricacies and stress of being a surrogate, of leaving behind the family against a choice of making more money.
Honestly, I was disappointed with the way the plot moved forward. It really took me time to devour this book. Moreover, the end doesn’t live up to the expectations.
Yet, the book is an interesting read and gripping at some chapters. I would recommend this book for the complexity of the subject, where the money is the driver to end life’s struggles.
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