GLOBE & MAIL BESTSELLER IN CANADA
CHOSEN BY OVER 30 OUTLETS AS A "MUST-READ" BOOK OF 2019 INCLUDING:THE NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, THE ATLANTIC, AND OPRAH MAGAZINE
THE SKIMM 'S INAUGURAL BOOK-CLUB PICK
LONG-LISTED FOR THE 2019 CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE
“Equal parts feminist dystopia and immigrant story, Ramos’s debut novel couldn’t be more relevant or timely.”
–O: The Oprah Magazine
“So many factors—gender, race, religion, class—may determine where you come down on the surrogacy debate…. Joanne Ramos plays with many of these notions in her novel, The Farm, which imagines what might happen were surrogacy taken to its high-capitalist extreme. "
–The New York Times
"The Farm, Joanne Ramos’s 2019 debut novel, is a potent tangle of these themes: the corrosive allure of privilege, the ethics of putting a price on fertility, the fine line between employment and exploitation."
“This topical, provocative debut anatomizes class, race and the American dream.”
"This is good stuff, and Ramos plumbs both sides of the questions with sympathy and insight...her ability to explore the nuances of these questions in the first place...makes me hopeful that Ramos will pen another book soon."
-Los Angeles Review of Books
"What’s so striking about The Farm isn’t that it imagines a frightening dystopia. This isn’t a hundred years in the future, it’s next week...Its very plausibility is a warning shot."
“Every season has its Big Book, the one everyone is talking about, and this season, it’s The Farm. This debut by Joanne Ramos is as good as most first novels get.”
-Globe and Mail (Canada)
"Some novels are born with book club DNA, great narratives that can also spur energetic discussions. Debate will rage around the treatment of the young women at the Farm, but the novel's complex mélange of personalities brings a somewhat improbable story stirringly to life."
"Unnervingly plausible…Ms. Ramos inhabits each character with affection, sensitivity and a keen ear for voice."
"The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Help."
—The Times (UK)
"A haunting read . . . Ramos has crafted a real page-turner that combines all the hottest issues of the day…"
–The Times (UK)
"A brilliant satire about privilege."
—The New York Post
"This is a delicately paced and finely wrought tale of high-end surrogacy, that is also a biting critique of the world’s inequalities … Moving, ethically complex and gripping, is a great novel."
–Herald (UK) (In print only)
“...hits home hard—a thrilling read about the myth of meritocracy, the way some people get ahead in life before they’re even born.”
–New York Magazine
“Ramos has written a fire-cracker of a novel, at once caustic and tender, page-turning and thought-provoking.”
–Madeline Miller, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Circe
“Wow, Joanne Ramos has written the page-turner about immigrants chasing what’s left of the American dream. Truly unforgettable.”
–Gary Shteyngart, New York Times bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story and Lake Success
“What at first feels off-kilter is slowly ramped up to truly chilling, and it’s done so subtly that we barely notice the change happening—it’s not afraid to ask searching questions about who wins and who loses when women’s bodies are commodified, and how freedom and agency for some come at a cost for others. It’s sharply prescient, and terrifying, too.”
—Sophie Mackintosh, author of The Water Cure
“A highly original and provocative story about the impossible choices in so many women’s lives. These characters will stay with me for a long time.”
—Karen Thompson Walker, New York Times bestselling author of The Age of Miracles and The Dreamers
“Examining white privilege, the ‘American Dream,’ power and sacrifice by the Filipino-American emerging author, this is one of the most hotly anticipated debuts this year—and for good reason.”