• The Farm

    by Joanne Ramos
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May 15, 2020

Joanne Ramos

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes celebrated author JOANNE RAMOS for the paperback release of her bestselling debut novel, The Farm. She will be joined in conversation by MONA AWAD, the acclaimed author of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl and Bunny.

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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.

About Author(s)

Joanne Ramos was born in the Philippines and moved to Wisconsin when she was six. She graduated with a B.A. from Princeton University. She currently serves on the board of The Moth and lives in New York City with her family. The Farm, her debut novel, is a national bestseller and has been chosen by over 50 media outlets in America and abroad as a "must read" in 2019. The Farm was longlisted for the Center of Fiction’s 2019 First Novel Prize.

Mona Awad is the award-winning author of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. The recipient of an MFA in Fiction from Brown University and a PhD in English and creative writing from the University of Denver, she has published work in TimeVICEElectric LiteratureMcSweeney’sLos Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere.