Audience:General / adult
Dimensions:9.28in x 6.22 x 1.15 in | 1.18 lb
Page Count:352 pages
RICH HISTORY MEETS HIGH-STAKES FAMILY DRAMA: This is a novel that is perfect for both readers interested in other time periods—with its well-developed ’60s/’90s Dublin setting—as well as readers of family-focused book club fiction—with its intergenerational plot focused on motherhood, family secrets, and marriage.
ABSORBING IRISH SETTING: Much of the novel is set in working- class Dublin of the sixties, showing a much different side of the city than we’ve seen in popular Irish fiction like Sally Rooney’s novels.
TACKLES WOMEN’S ISSUES: Like Karma Brown’s Recipe for a Perfect Wife, The Making of Her looks at how life has or hasn’t changed for women over the years. It shows a complex time in Ireland when there was no abortion, divorce, or marriage equality, yet a woman managed to get elected twice as president.
STRONG BACKGROUND IN STORYTELLING: Though this is Bernadette’s first novel, she’s written nonfiction books about storytelling that have been #1 Amazon bestsellers in Australia. She also has an award-winning blog and has spoken at TedX.
“Bernadette Jiwa’s powerful debut serves as a tribute to motherhood and the strength of women.”
“Memorable insights are quotable and the ending is satisfyingly true to the ups and downs experienced by Joan’s extended family. Fans of Maeve Binchey, Cathy Kelly, or Adriana Trigiani may find a new favorite author here.”
”Tightly crafted women’s fiction, with a sensitive look at love, conscience, and loyalty.“
—New York Journal of Books
“While the issue of accidental pregnancy might have seemed an old-fashioned problem just a year ago, it’s suddenly deeply relevant again. Jiwa reminds us that no such decision can be made lightly, and whatever happens will follow the parents—but mostly the mother—for the rest of their life.”
—The Star Tribune
“A powerful story.”
—Key West Weekly Magazine
“The Making of Her sucked me in from the very first page, and didn’t let up until I’d turned the last. Heartwarming and heartbreaking, it is an exquisite examination of the secrets that haunt us. I cried several times. A stunning debut.”
—Sally Hepworth, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Sister
“The Making of Her is a compelling and tender exploration of the unattainable expectations of women, the shame and guilt inherent in motherhood, and the reverberations of the hardest choices we make. Jiwa gives us a beautifully crafted, thought-provoking novel that ultimately celebrates the strength of women. A true pleasure to read.”
—Ashley Audrain, New York Times bestselling author of The Push
“Bernadette Jiwa’s moving fiction debut, The Making of Her, explores the impact of secrets, the magnitude of our choices, and the tenuous binds of family. Set in Dublin and shifting between past and present, this deeply evocative novel is a masterful study into what it really means to love, and to forgive. The Making of Her is ultimately a story about the plight and power of women, and is not to be missed.”
—Karma Brown, bestselling author of Recipe for a Perfect Wife
“An absorbing, brilliantly paced book; I didn’t want it to end.”
“Oh how I love this novel! Once I started reading I never looked away, except when my eyes filled with tears. The Making of Her renders its characters so perfectly, and with so much compassion, they feel like dear friends after only a few chapters. Bernadette Jiwa has written a beautiful tribute to what our lives can become when shame is forgotten, and love is reclaimed.”
—Nina de Gramont, author of The Christie Affair
”Bernadette Jiwa writes with compassion and grace about what it means to be a mother, a daughter, and a sister."
—Pip Williams, author of The Dictionary of Lost Words
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