Author Stories Podcast Episode 1104 | Lara Bazelon Interview

Today’s author interview guest is Lara Bazelon, author of A Good Mother.

“A high-stakes legal thriller packed with intense courtroom drama.” -Alafair Burke

Library Journal Best Debut Novel of Spring and Summer 2021

A gripping debut thriller about two young mothers, one shocking murder and a court case that puts them both on trial.

When a soldier is found stabbed through the heart at a US Army base, there is no doubt that his wife, Luz, is to blame. But was it an act of self-defense? An attempt to save her infant daughter? Or the cold-blooded murder of an innocent man?

Ambitious public defender Abby is determined to win at all costs. As a new mother herself, she wants to keep Luz out of prison and with her daughter. But when the surprises stack up and shocking new evidence emerges, Abby realizes the task proves far more difficult than she suspected and will require a terrible sacrifice.

As the trial hurtles toward an outcome no one expects, Abby, Luz and a captivated jury are forced to answer the question that will decide everything—what does it mean to be a good mother?

“Lara Bazelon combines a riveting courtroom thriller with a nuanced and thought-provoking examination of gender, race, and justice. Helmed by an intelligent, complex, and flawed protagonist, A Good Mother is a beautifully written debut that kept me turning the pages late into the night.” Angie Kim, author of Miracle Creek

“Sexy, shrewd, and wholly contemporary, A Good Mother takes pitch-perfect characters, a page-whipping plot, and themes about marriage, lust, betrayal, and the juggling of new motherhood plus a hard-driving career and mixes it all into a deeply perceptive legal thriller that made me drop everything else and just READ.” —Cathi Hanauer, New York Times bestselling author of Gone, The Bitch in the House and The Bitch Is Back

About Lara Bazelon:

I write, teach, and advocate for racial and social justice.

I am a law professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where I direct the Criminal & Juvenile Justice and Racial Justice Clinics and hold the Barnett Chair in Trial Advocacy.  Before that, I worked as a deputy federal public defender and the director of a Los Angeles-based innocence project.  Along the way, I got married, had two children, divorced, and worked to create a different kind of family.

Advocating for criminal defendants and writing about systemic breakdowns in courtrooms and in families has always felt interrelated and important.  So often, we stay within our silos, unaware of the rich possibilities for collaboration, support, and mutual understanding.  My writing seeks to break down those barriers and ask that my readers open their minds to unexpected—even unlikely—ways of thinking about problems that may not be so intractable after all.

To learn more, check out these profiles in MM LaFleur’s Lives with a Purpose and The Sun Magazine.

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