Joanne Ramos

Joanne Ramos

Joanne Ramos was born in the Philippines and moved to Wisconsin when she was six. She graduated with a BA from Princeton University. After working in investment banking and private-equity investing for several years, she became a staff writer at The Economist. Ramos currently serves on the board of The Moth. She lives in New York City with her husband and three children.

Twitter: @ramos_farm
Instagram: @joanneramosthefarm

Joanne Ramos has written a firecracker of a novel, at once caustic and tender, page-turning and thought-provoking. This is a fierce indictment of the vampiric nature of modern capitalism, which never loses sight of the very human stories at its center.” — Madeline Miller


The Farm

Nestled in New York’s Hudson Valley is a luxury retreat boasting every amenity and all of it for free. In fact, you’re paid big money to stay here. The catch? For nine months, you cannot leave the grounds, your movements are monitored, and you’re 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.

Gripping, provocative, heartbreaking, <em>The Farm</em> 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.
<h3>DIVE DEEPER</h3>
<li>“The Atwood effect: Wordfest authors expand on dystopian feminist fiction …” — <a href=""><em>Eric Volmers of the Calgary Herald</em></a></li>
<li>“<em>The Farm</em> by Joanne Ramos – Atwood-style dystopia debut” — <a href=""><em>The Guardian</em></a></li>
<li>“Joanne Ramos Wants ‘The Farm’ to Make You Feel Uncomfortable” — <a href=""><em>Marie Claire</em></a></li>
<li>“Shelfie with Joanne Ramos” — <a href=""><em>YouTube</em></a></li>


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Saturday Afternoon Showcase
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