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A luminous and courageous story about the hopes and dreams we all have for our lives and relationships, and the often fraught and unexpected ways they may be realised.

Angela Savage draws us masterfully into the lives of Anna, an aid worker trying to settle back into life in Australia after more than a decade in Southeast Asia; Meg, Anna’s sister, who holds out hope for a c
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 1st 2019 by Transit Lounge Melbourne
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Lisa
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Angela Savage is a well-known literary identity in Melbourne: she's Director of Writers Victoria, and she's an award-winning writer of crime novels. Mother of Pearl, however, is a departure in genre, written as the creative component of her PhD thesis. It's a novel about commercial surrogacy in Thailand.

Readers might remember the grotesque story of an Australian sex-offender who had used commercial surrogacy in Thailand and then refused to take one of the resulting twins because the child had Do
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Kriti
Mother of Pearl is a beautiful story about two sisters, Anna and Meg. Meg and her husband, Nate, have given up on trying to have a baby after trying various treatments for a decade. When Anna returns home to Melbourne from living in Thailand, Cambodia and Lao for years, Meg learns about surrogacy in Thailand from Anna's friends. Seeing a glimmer of hope, Meg embarks on the journey to have a child through a surrogacy agency in Bangkok. Anna decides to help her sister and meets Mod, the surrogate ...more
Cass Moriarty
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Mother of Pearl (Transit Lounge 2019), author Angela Savage has given us a wonderfully diverse and engaging book with confronting themes that are sure to be hotly debated over a glass of wine in book clubs all over Australia. This is a nuanced and complex story of parenthood, most particularly what it means to be a mother. It’s a story of family – the yearning to create a family, and the sacrifices we are prepared to make in order to establish and maintain a family.
The central figures in this
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Zora
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Affecting and complex novel about sisters, motherhood, international surrogacy, poverty, neo colonialism. Big and heavy themes but a consistently riveting read.
Amra Pajalic
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: melbourne, ozauthor
This is a beautifully crafted book about surrogacy. Meg has been attempting to get pregnant for 1o years and thinks she has reached the end of her journey, when she learns about surrogacy in Thailand. Her sister Anna has worked as a researcher in developing countries evaluating programs delivered to NGOs and is conflicted about surrogacy and implied exploitation of Thai women. Mod is a divorcee who decides to be a surrogate in order to seek merit and a way out of poverty to provide better for he ...more
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Jen
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Set in Thailand before commercial surrogacy was banned, Mother of Pearl explores the ethical minefield from three different perspectives. Meg, a woman who has tried and failed with IVF numerous times but who has never given up hope of a child, her sister Anna, an aid worker who has tried to improve lives for the disadvantaged across Southeast Asia, and Mukda, a single Thai mother who both to build a better life for her son and gain Buddhist merit.

Angela Savage writes well and I having visited T
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Monique Mulligan
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mother of Pearl by Angela Savage is a deeply insightful look at family, motherhood, and culture. The story focuses on three women and their dreams: one for a child, one for inner peace and reconciliation, and one for security. Their lives intertwine over the issue of international surrogacy, and the women must tackle tough questions about themselves, about cultural exploitation, and about the judgements they make. Savage handles the issues and the questions with a remarkable lack of judgement, c ...more
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Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a wonderful book which gives insight into surrogacy in Thailand to international families. It allows you to see the process from different peoples prospective other than how the media would potentially play it out. It left me feeling for all those involved, those that couldn’t bare children, those that needed the money and had to make a decision to bear someone else’s child, the child itself in years to come.... so many emotions play into this, it really is a book that makes you think of ev ...more
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I'm the author of Mother of Pearl, a work of literary fiction, three crime novels, and a selection of short stories.

My crime fiction novels are set in Thailand and feature Australian expat detective Jayne Keeney. The first book in the series Behind the Night Bazaar (Text, 2006) won the 2004 Victorian Premiers' Literary Award for Unpublished Manuscript and was short-listed for the 2007 Ned Kelly Aw
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