The Farm

The FarmEpub The Farm Author Joanne Ramos Nestled In The Hudson Valley Is A Sumptuous Retreat Boasting Every Amenity Organic Meals, Private Fitness Trainers, Daily Massages And All Of It For Free In Fact, You Get Paid Big Money Than You Ve Ever Dreamed Of To Spend A Few Seasons In This Luxurious Locale The Catch For Nine Months, You Belong To The Farm You Cannot Leave The Grounds Your Every Move Is Monitored Your Former Life Will Seem A World Away As You Dedicate Yourself To The All Consuming Task Of Producing The Perfect Baby For Your Berwealthy Clients.Jane, An Immigrant From The Philippines And A Struggling Single Mother, Is Thrilled To Make It Through The Highly Competitive Host Selection Process At The Farm But Now Pregnant, Fragile, Consumed With Worry For Her Own Young Daughter S Well Being, Jane Grows Desperate To Reconnect With Her Life Outside Yet She Cannot Leave The Farm Or She Will Lose The Life Changing Fee She Ll Receive On Delivery Or Worse.Heartbreaking, Suspenseful, Provocative, The Farm Pushes Our Thinking On Motherhood, Money, And Merit To The Extremes, And Raises Crucial Questions About The Trade Offs Women Will Make To Fortify Their Futures And The Futures Of Those They Love.

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[Reading] ➽ The Farm ➳ Joanne Ramos –
  • Hardcover
  • 327 pages
  • The Farm
  • Joanne Ramos
  • English
  • 10 October 2019
  • 9781984853752

10 thoughts on “The Farm

  1. Emily May says:

    Or will she admit, as she has rarely conceded, that life is sometimes complicated than easy judgements That maybe, sometimes, you do the most good when it seems like you re doing nothing much at all. Some time ago, I read a starred review for The Farm, requested an arc, got approved, and then promptly forgot everything about the book that had made me want to read it in the first place And let me tell you I think this is the best possible thing that could have happened.Words like dystopia are being thrown around in reviews of the The Farm, as are comparisons to The Handmaid s Tale, but this is misleading This book should not be regarded as a dystopia it is a mere breath away from reality It is almost entirely a contemporary Most, if not all, of what happens in this book is already happening If I had gone into this believing I was getting a dystopian novel, I would have been disappointed.Instead, The Farm is better viewed as a character driven exploration of race, immigrants, class, and reproductive rights in modern America As technology develops, we see the disappearance of blue collar jobs, long filled by immigrants and the poorest Americans Out of this will grow ...

  2. Brandice says:

    The Farm is a story about women serving as surrogates hosts for wealthy clients at Golden Oaks, a private estate in New York The host selection process is intense and competitive, but offers a large financial reward for those selected who do not breach the strict terms of their contract The story predominately focuses on Jane, an immigrant from the Philippines, who makes the difficult decision to serve as a host in order to help provide a better life for her young daughter Amalia Jane s older cousin Ate, other hosts at the farm, and Mae, Golden Oaks Director of Operations, are secondary characters in the story The book is focused on class and privilege, highlighted by the various decisions different characters make or have the options to make depending on their own personal motivations The premise of The Farm was interesting, yet the execution was average The ending was a bit unrealistic I kept hoping the story would pick up and get better but it just ...

  3. Felicia says:

    The Farm is a place where women especially immigrants go to serve as surrogates for wealthy families while living in spa like surroundings These women are handsomely paid for their services making it a win win for both parties.Oh man this could have been such a great book If you dive into this book thinking you re getting a nightmarish Handmaid s Tale ish take on a baby harvesting farm then you re going to be disappointed.This is a story about class and privilege and the disparity between the high and low ends of the spectrum The wealthy achieving their goals on the back of those less fortunate has always been the way in America and this story gives a unique take on that truthin America you only need to know how to make money Money buys everything else After reading this book I feel like the author promised than she delivered.The entire book hints at some underlying evil going on at the farm yet nothing ever...

  4. Elyse Walters says:

    The Farm called Golden Oaks , is a surrogacy Farm Women are impregnated with sperm to host a child Most of the host women are black Caribbean immigrant women They need jobs the money is good The clients are wealthy and white It s an intriguing story but the writing often felt motionless and toneless I kept wanting to add some Technicolor Jane, who left her own baby behind , Lisa, feisty rebel of the bunch , and Reagan are all hosts on the farm Each went through intensive vetting before they were selected Other main characters are Ate, too old to be a host mother but had been a master Nanny Queen in her prime , and Mae Ms Wealthy bossy of Golden Oaks For nine months the host women are medically monitored At the end of nine months the infant gets handed over to the client whose embryo they carry The host women are offered many spa benefits but also potential penalties Topic Themes explored are race, class, inequality, wealth, poverty, immigration, motherhood, trust, friendships, personal freedom, rules, sacrifice, self expression, exploitation, manipulation, childcare, big business, greed, fear and isolation, radical politics, and morality, with an all women dominated cast of characters The main female leads and the supporting females all have something to say At times there was not much difference between any of them, other than we knew who the HAVES and HAVE NOTS were I wanted to like this than I ...

  5. Greg Watson says:

    The Farm is a biting social commentary Joanne Ramos is outraged in a good way Her outrage simmers below the surface at times Other times, it boils over At first glance, the novel appears as an indictment of the one percent and their exploitation of the poor But for Golden Oaks the novel s high end surrogacy business to thrive, the desperation of poor surrogates is only one component of the story Golden Oaks also depends on the complicity of the slightly better off poor, the cold ambition of the white collar class, and the good intentions of the socially conscious affluent Perhaps the most chilling aspect of the stor...

  6. Nadia says:

    This was an ok read, but could have been even better The Farm is a place where young women are recruited to become surrogate mothers for wealthy clients The recruits are watched at all times, even their emails are monitored, they have a prescribed diet and an exercise plan they have to adhere to Motivated by the hefty cash bonus paid upon baby delivery, Jane, a single mother from the Philippines, signs up Jane doesn t mind being at the Farm at first but soon starts missing her little daughter who is less than a year old and was left behind to be looked after by Jane s cousin What the book does well is highlighting the economic disparity between rich and poor, the struggles of immigrants and ethnic minorities and their financial motivation to join the Farm I also appreciated the insight into the lives of Filipino women living in the US However, one of the problems I had with this book was that there were too many side stories and characters thrown in that were totally unnecessary as they did not add anything to the overall story The story is told from a number of POV, following...

  7. Cheri says:

    2.5 Meh StarsA bit predictable, one dimensional, the only thing that wasn t flat for me is the image on the cover The ending is oddly disconnected to the rest of the book, as though there s an entire thought process or some key information missing That being said, I do think that this will likely be commercially successful because it seems to promise so much If you re thinking this is some sci fi or dystopian story, it s not If you re thinking of reading this with some idea that this is about women or couples or gay couples so desperate to have a baby or babies that they hire a surrogate to do the physical labor for them, that s closer to the truth, but even there I felt the story fell flat, and felt untrue If you re thinking it s about poor women, perhaps especially immigrants, who choose to carry another s child through gestation for financial rewards, it is but it s about those who prey on those weak enough, desperate enough, or whose upper class privileged background has them wanting to give back in some way The Farm, called Golden Oaks, transports these women into a comfortable dorm like setting, where they are then monitored, what they eat, where they go, who they talk to, etc for the duration of their pregnancy For some, this is a step up, in terms of setting, but they all seem to have issues with the level of monitoring for one reason or another The message of this nove...

  8. Lou says:

    There has been a lot of hype surrounding Joanne Ramos s debut novel, so I must begin by saying yes, this is one of those rare occasions that the noise was completely justified Many have described it as a contemporary of Margaret Atwood s dystopian masterpiece The Handmaid s Tale, but given the dire situation the world currently finds itself in The Farm is not a million miles away from reality.So forget what you ve been told this is a stunning, complex work of fiction with its roots firmly based in real world events Make no mistake, it is a challenging read and brings forth many philosophical, moral and ethical questions which I always appreciate in my fiction It is so well constructed that you simply cannot fail to be drawn in from very early on I fully expect this to rapidly become a bestseller and to leave its mark on readers as it did with me.The effort that has gone into making this a multifaceted, powerful and searingly emotive tale holding many important messages for its readers show that this has been a labour of love for Ms Ramos We have been warned for several years now about the beginning of the end for people employed in low skilled jobs as a direct result of the emergence of technology which can carry out those jobs with increased efficiency whilst negating the need to pay a wage or salary This means those who are made redundant must find an alternative method of making a living, but with little to no expertise, this leaves few jobs o...

  9. Navidad Thélamour says:

    The Farm has a phenomenal premise with well executed imagery The grounds of the farm and described so that you feel you re there yourself and the characters are all lifelike and realistic BUT, I didn t like this book as much as I d hoped I would when I eagerly picked it up The situations Jane finds herself in the farm lacked the emotion and drama that I d hoped for While she was so upset at how confining the farm was, I honestly felt like a l...

  10. Erin says:

    As an avid reader, I can certainly recognize why this book is receiving the hype that it has been getting The focus on women s bodies, their role as mothers and the business side of pregnancy have been and continue to be very relevant issues In fact, it makes The Farm a really great candidate for your next bookclub night I just don t find myself on that hype train A story narrated by several different female characters and I wasn t able to connect with them Actually, that isn t REALLY true, I actually did find Mae s storyline fascinating and she was such a strongly written character I felt that I could question her ethics and role in this whole baby making business a heck of a lot than other characters It was Jane and Regan the two characters I believe I was supposed to have a lot of empathy for I just didn t Given the fact that I found myself continuing to shift this book down on my reading priority list, but did enjoy some elements in the story, it ...

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