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Two Friends Presents Jessamine Chan

sat25feb6:00 pmsat7:00 pmTwo Friends Presents Jessamine Chan

Event Details

Join us for a discussion with New York Times bestselling author Jessamine Chan about her hit debut novel, The School for Good Mothers. Jessamine will be in conversation with Two Friends Co-owner, Rachel Stuckey Slaton. This will be a moderated discussion with an audience Q&A and book signing. 


This event is free and open to the public.

Start time: 6 P.M.

Run time: 45-60 minutes, followed by a signing line.

Location: Two Friends Bookstore Cafe 

The Author will sign books after the Q&A.


Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

There will not be a live stream or recording available. 

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Longlisted for the 2023 Carnegie Medal for Excellence

Shortlisted for The Center for Fiction 2022 First Novel Prize

Selected as One of Barack Obama’s Summer 2022 Reading List Picks!

In this New York Times bestseller and Today show Read with Jenna Book Club Pick, one lapse in judgement lands a young mother in a government reform program where custody of her child hangs in the balance, in this “surreal” (People), “remarkable” (Vogue), and “infuriatingly timely” (The New York Times Book Review) debut novel.

Frida Liu is struggling. She doesn’t have a career worthy of her Chinese immigrant parents’ sacrifices. She can’t persuade her husband, Gust, to give up his wellness-obsessed younger mistress. Only with Harriet, their cherubic daughter, does Frida finally attain the perfection expected of her. Harriet may be all she has, but she is just enough.

Until Frida has a very bad day.

The state has its eye on mothers like Frida. The ones who check their phones, letting their children get injured on the playground; who let their children walk home alone. Because of one moment of poor judgement, a host of government officials will now determine if Frida is a candidate for a Big Brother-like institution that measures the success or failure of a mother’s devotion.

Faced with the possibility of losing Harriet, Frida must prove that a bad mother can be redeemed. That she can learn to be good.

An “intense” (Oprah Daily), “captivating” (Today) page-turner that is also a transgressive novel of ideas about the perils of “perfect” upper-middle class parenting; the violence enacted upon women by both the state and, at times, one another; the systems that separate families; and the boundlessness of love, The School for Good Mothers introduces, in Frida, an everywoman for the ages. Using dark wit to explore the pains and joys of the deepest ties that bind us, Chan has written a modern literary classic.


Jessamine Chan’s short stories have appeared in Tin House and Epoch. A former reviews editor at Publishers Weekly, she holds an MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts and a BA from Brown University. Her work has received support from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Wurlitzer Foundation, the Jentel Foundation, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, the Anderson Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Ragdale Foundation. She lives in Chicago with her husband and daughter.


(Saturday) 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm