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His Mother's Son

3.19 of 5 stars 3.19  ·  rating details  ·  107 ratings  ·  11 reviews
To those who meet Jana Thomas, hers seems a perfect life, with a beautiful home, a successful career as an ER doctor, a loving husband, and a darling six-year-old son named Evan. But inside, Jana is crumbling. Evan's seemingly normal all-boy tendencies are escalating her motherly worry into something close to hysteria, threatening her job, her marriage, and even her relati ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 19th 2004 by Mariner Books (first published January 7th 2003)
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Fantastic. Riveting. Gripping. Almost perfect.

Without ever being warm or cuddly.

More like an embrace that just keeps tightening and until it's a smothering, suffocating choke hold, a Boa constrictor pumping all the air out of you.

But that's good. Because that's totally what Cai Emmons sets out for.

Definitely an intense, tense read. And, in its very unique and difficult way, lovely. Especially, I suppose, if you're reading it from the perspective of a parent. (It was my mom, who's got the great k
Oct 04, 2008 Holly added it
At the beginning of the book I kept wondering what her secret was, what was making her so careful with her son. As a mother of 3 boys, I can understand how careful parents are about violent shows, violent toys, and fighting in boys. So I could relate very well to this book. But then as it changed focus and moved into her past and her reasoning for being so careful, I just found it strange, not as relatable. Definitely an intersting book, not something I would have necessarily picked up if not fo ...more
Valerie Willman
Wow. This book is haunting, beautifully written, and riveting.

Jana's son, Evan, is showing signs of aggression, and Jana is terrified that her hidden past is about to come crashing down on her.

How the author, Cai Emmons, draws a picture of one mother's brief dip into madness is terrifying, and oh so real. Terrifying, because--as a mother--I relate to the main character's feelings of confusion, doubt, and sometimes faulty thinking. We only want what's best for our children, and we want to protec
So far I am finding this book very compelling. I'm excited about the author joining us for the library book discussion and also anxious to hear what others think of the book.

Update, 10-10-08 - finished this while on vacation and it kept me reading to the end. Some of the writing was a little overdone at times but it should make for an interesting discussion.
I don't have maybe that is why I didn't get it. I thought this book took forever to get to the point, and it seemed like her son had real problems that she and her husbands either ignored or trivialized.

There was no real development of the husband either. Sorry, not a fan of this one.
I'd recommend this one, yes. It's an interesting story, well-written, and while it drags from time to time, Cai paces things well for most of the book. It feels authentic, the situations our main character faces, and how she deals with them. Enjoy!
I liked it, though I didn't always understand the character's choices in the second part of the book. The author grounds the book in the Pacific Northwest, and I feel that the main character is overall a sympathetic one.
If you like books that are deep and delve into the human mind, then you should like this book. This book kept me gripped right until the very end.
Ayelet Waldman
Every parent's fear is that their child will grow up bad. This book does a lovely job of describing that.
Falana White
so far, so good. very intriguing and freaky...especially as the mother of a little one...
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