*originally published 05/08/2016
1. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood written by Rebecca Wells
I have read this book a few times now and love the way Wells portrays a realistic and raw relationship between Sidda and her mother, Vivi. We also see Vivi’s relationship with her mother and the relationship between women young and old.
2. We Are All Welcome Here written by Elizabeth Berg
In this novel Paige, who has challenges due to contracting Polio in the last months of her pregnancy, is trying to raise a a 14 year old girl, Diana, while living in 1964, Mississippi. For extra care they have hired Peacie, a “tough-talking black woman.” Between the two women in her life, Diana learns there is more to life than just fitting in. Like the previous novel we see from both the mother and daughter’s perspective of how they see each other.
3. The Good Mother written by Sue Miller
Anna Dunlap is a recently divorced single mother to a four year old who is her whole life. When she meets Leo, her new lover, she begins to feel like she is more than a mother but also a beautiful woman. I liked that this novel explores this woman’s journey as both a mother and as a woman wanting more in her life.
4. Pride and Prejudice written by Jane Austen
Never mind Darcy, in Pride and Prejudice the most memorable character is Mrs. Bennet! The way she strives to get her daughters married off and the banter between her and Mr. Bennet.
5. One True Thing written by Anna Quindlen
Ellen drops everything to be by her mother’s side through her illness. As they spend more time together they have gotten closer. When her mother dies, Ellen is seen as the prime suspect for a mercy killing. As a daughter you wonder what you would do, and as a mother what you would ask.
6. Black and Blue written by Anna Quindlen
After years of abuse, at the hands of her police officer husband, Fran takes her son and vanishes into the night. It is for her son she decides to leave and for him she will keep running and hiding.
7. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Oh, Marmie! One of my favourite mothers in literature. She is this strong woman that is raising four daughters on her own while her husband is away fighting in the Civil War. And, she is helping the community in any way she can. I love that she encourages her daughters in being creative and marrying for love.
8. Ramona and Her Mother by Beverly Cleary
Another one of my favourite mothers. Any woman raising a Ramona and being accepting of her quirkiness deserves “Mother of the Year”.
9. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret? written by Judy Blume
While this is not really a novel of a mother and daughter, I still love the relationship that Margaret has with her mother and paternal grandmother. It is not the focus of this book but for me I found it to be a great part of the novel.
10. My Mother Got Married (And Other Disasters) Written by Barbara Park
Charlie is just getting used to his parents divorcing when his world is turned upside down again with his mother getting remarried. This novel focuses more on Charlie and his new siblings, but losing his mother’s attention is a big theme in the book.