“This topical, provocative debut anatomizes class, race and the American dream.”
“At the heart of surrogacy lie questions about choice and power, but Ramos says she has nothing against it. ‘I guess I would question how far we’ve pushed so many things into the realm of markets. I just wonder what that does to our relationships.’ When value is conflated with price, as happens so often in our society, things get warped, she says: ‘Certain things which are unpaid, like motherhood, are not even seen until they’re outsourced. Does surrogacy make people value pregnancy more … or does it diminish it because it’s just another thing to buy?'” Read the rest of the interview here!
“Wealthy foetuses occupy the bodies of immigrant women in a thrilling debut about the new frontier of colonialism and the savagery of the American dream.
The Farm reads not so much as dystopia, but as a plausible next venture for a capitalist ruling class that has grudgingly opened its doors to women and must now contend with the problem of fertility and motherhood. It is also a novel about the limits of American meritocracy. It asks us to consider who gets to rise (from poverty, immigrant abjection), and who must serve that person’s narrative. Is an enterprise exploitative if all parties agree?
The most beautifully realised character is Evelyn, an elderly Filipino baby nurse and caterer whose complex motives give her the kind of impossible moral struggles that immigrants actually face … Evelyn’s storyline, and her voice, give this novel its power.
As a fellow immigrant and financially aided Princeton student, I find Ramos’s take on the silliness of the rich wildly enjoyable. She has the acute gaze of the immigrant girl made good. Her book is a necessary one – we need a mass-market novel that shows the impact of colonisation, with flawed white people failing to save the day.” – Dina Nayeri, The Guardian (UK)