Mothering in dystopia

Joanne Ramos' novel The Farm, which grapples with the subject of commercial surrogacy, has drawn comparisons to Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

The Farm, the debut novel of Joanne Ramos (above), touches on inequality and the sacrifices of motherhood.
The Farm, the debut novel of Joanne Ramos (above), touches on inequality and the sacrifices of motherhood. PHOTOS: JOHN DOLAN, RANDOM HOUSE
The Farm (above), the debut novel of Joanne Ramos, touches on inequality and the sacrifices of motherhood.
The Farm (above), the debut novel of Joanne Ramos, touches on inequality and the sacrifices of motherhood.PHOTOS: JOHN DOLAN, RANDOM HOUSE

Would you carry a stranger's child to term for a huge sum of money, even if it meant being estranged from your own?

Joanne Ramos' debut novel The Farm has been described as dystopian, but the Philippines-born American writer says there is nothing futuristic about the scenario of commercial surrogacy she depicts.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 13, 2019, with the headline 'Mothering in dystopia'. Print Edition | Subscribe