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The Perfect Mother

by Aimee Molloy

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Moms go drinking. Baby gets snatched. A frantic search—amid a media frenzy.

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I’ll just come out and say it: Society tells us moms that we need to be “perfect.” After being mom-shamed on Instagram (yes, this has happened), I know the pressure on mothers to be infallible is real. First The Perfect Mother taps into these harrowing realities of modern motherhood. Then it dials things up a notch with a rollercoaster twist that will leave you reeling, whether you’ve given birth ...


A night out. A few hours of fun. That’s all it was meant to be.

They call themselves the May Mothers—a group of new moms whose babies were born in the same month. Twice a week, they get together in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park for some much-needed adult time.

When the women go out for drinks at the hip neighborhood bar, they are looking for a fun break from their daily routine. But on this ...

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