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Book Club Virtual

Tuesday, July 16 at 12:00 PM

Read With Us: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
Marcia Ruberg

The Athenaeum's Read With Us Book Club is free and open to the public. Discussion is encouraged.

Gripping, provocative, heartbreaking, The Farm pushes to the extremes our thinking on motherhood, money, and merit and raises crucial questions about the trade-offs women will make to fortify their futures and the futures of those they love.

Nestled in New York’s Hudson Valley is a luxury retreat boasting every amenity: organic meals, personal fitness trainers, daily massages—and all of it for free. In fact, you’re paid big money to stay here—more than you’ve ever dreamed of. The catch? For nine months, you cannot leave the grounds, your movements are monitored, and you are cut off from your former life while you dedicate yourself to the task of producing the perfect baby. For someone else.

Jane, an immigrant from the Philippines, is in desperate search of a better future when she commits to being a “Host” at Golden Oaks—or the Farm, as residents call it. But now pregnant, fragile, consumed with worry for her family, Jane is determined to reconnect with her life outside. Yet she cannot leave the Farm or she will lose the life-changing fee she’ll receive on the delivery of her child.

A National Bookseller, The Farm was named one of the Best Books of the Year by Time, Glamour, Marie Claire, Town & Country

Want to become a Read With Us Host? Email events@philaathenaeum.org

This is a free event.