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His Mother's Son

3.18  ·  Rating details ·  141 Ratings  ·  14 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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Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 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 Ihsan
Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literary-fiction
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
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved the book and found it powerfully written. I cried towards the end and couldn't stop crying after awhile. I felt so engrossed in the book and found it incredibly intense. It shows how loyal family members can be after seeing the worst in their family when society expects you to turn your cheek away like everyone else. I wish her husband gave her some slack. I know if my wife was keeping that big of a secret from me she had her reasons to in the first place. I wish he wasn't so hard on her ...more
Judith Yeabsley
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very "We need to talk about Kevin" for me - which is a good thing as I loved that novel. This explores the life of a woman who is frightened her 6 y.o. son is exhibiting scary behaviour. She is worried that history is repeating itself and then we are taken back to see the trauma experienced in her teens. Got totally engrossed in it even though it is a little slow and meandering in places. Great read.
Nov 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
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.
Sep 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
I found the premise of this book to be extraordinarily interesting; however, I didn't find that it fulfilled its early promise. It seemed to plod along without any particular insights into Cady's personality. The husband was an enigma to me, and his relationship with his mother was vaguely disturbing. I was left feeling disappointed that there wasn't more substance to this book.
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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!
Sep 14, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
Ayelet Waldman
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Every parent's fear is that their child will grow up bad. This book does a lovely job of describing that.
Falana White
Dec 17, 2007 rated it liked it
so far, so good. very intriguing and freaky...especially as the mother of a little one...
Melissa Frye
Eh. It was a book.
May 08, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
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