Joanne Ramos: On motherhood, literature and her fictional debut

Joanne Ramos, Class of 1995, tackles issues that are both timely and eternal in her powerful new novel exploring surrogacy as big business. She shines a light on social class, immigration, and the trade-offs women often make to secure independence and their children’s future.  Joanne’s plot imagines a world just over the horizon from existing surrogacy practices. Her characters include two Filipino immigrants, a Chinese American MBA and an idealistic college graduate from the Midwest. Each plays a different role in the sumptuous spa-like baby farm that is both a luxurious factory and a virtual prison.