With Mother’s Day on the mind, the Women You Should Know team started to talk about some of our favorite titles that explore and celebrate the relationship between mothers and daughters.
This first and essential relationship is irrefutably one of the most intense bonds a woman will ever experience, affecting and shaping our lives forever. What we love about these books are that the stories are filled with joy and tragedy, love, self discovery, adversity and all the other stuff that life is made up of. Some of these suggestions have been around a long time, and others are new on the scene, but the common thread remains the same… the mother and daughter relationship is complicated, fiery, deep and intense, but one to learn from and to treasure.
Read about mothers and daughters:
Above the Thunder by Renee Manfredi
Anna Brinkman is a fiftyish widow, is bitter and estranged from her only daughter, Poppy. Anna meets her ten-year-old granddaughter Flynn when the girl appears on her doorstep, desperate for love.
Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout
This is the story of a teenager’s alienation from her distant mother – and a parent’s rage at the discovery of her daughter’s secrets.
Anywhere but Here by Mona Simpson
Made into a film, this book is a portrait of wise child Ann August and her mother, Adele, a larger-than-life dreamer. It’s a tale of a mother and daughter’s invaluable relationship.
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Sethe is a woman who was born a slave and escapes, but is haunted by the ghost of her baby daughter.
Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Four mothers, four daughters… as each woman reveals her secrets, the strings become more tangled, more entwined.
Places to Look for a Mother by Nicole Stansbury
All happy families are alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. The Taylors are no exception. It’s the tale of the mother and daughter bond. Forgiveness is always there, but it’s not always easy to find.
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Mrs. Dashwood’s love and ambitions for her daughters allows her to live in the face of adversity when she is left with nothing.
Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
Anna Schlemmer refuses to talk about her life during World War II. Her daughter, Trudy, was only three when they were liberated by an American soldier and fled to Minnesota. A poignant mother-daughter drama.
Traveling with Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd & Ann Kidd Taylor
In this dual memoir, Sue and her daughter, Ann, chronicle their travels together through Greece and France at a time when each was on a quest to redefine herself and rediscover each other.
White Oleander by Janet Fitch
Tells the story of Ingrid, a brilliant poet imprisoned for murder, and her daughter, Astrid, whose odyssey through a series of Los Angeles foster homes becomes a journey of self-discovery.