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Mothers and Daughters: From the Sunday Times bestselling author comes a captivating family drama

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In this classic he traces the representation of the feminine from the beginning of image-making in caves via mythological storytelling to monotheistic religions. Prematurity, for example, is devastating to the mother even if the baby is only born a few weeks early and I doubt very much she would be over it that quickly.

Here are some of our favorite mother-daughter books, along with why we think they’re perfect to read this Mother’s Day. The narrator had paid for the whole trip herself because her mother believed (incorrectly) that her husband’s death left her strapped for money—and the narrator had wanted her mother to brag to strangers about “how her daughter had spoiled her.

She was also her father’s clear favourite whilst younger and more empathetic sister, Willow, was happy to drift along.

I enjoyed seeing Willow and Martha come together as sisters, and then become accepting of their mother’s decisions. Author Jill Savage helps moms to realize that the struggle is real and that they are not alone in this honest parenting book. The arrival of Ellis has also put a spanner in the works of her plans for Naomi to move closer and be a hands-on grandparent. Late in the novel, after Miranda befriends a homeless man (something Indie did at the age of five) by giving him a sandwich, her mother “blows up” at her. Just about every day I think about the stories I heard for the first time at my mother’s funeral, the affection and respect shown by colleagues and friends that would have made it easier for me to appreciate her when she was alive, and tell her so.

One year, I gave my mother Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club in hopes that the novel would speak for me, say what I couldn’t say— I could understand you better if I knew you more, if I knew what you went through, before me. She feels unmoored and has to learn how to live without the woman who shaped her, especially as Thandi faces unexpected motherhood.

I really liked Naomi’s character and how she is enjoying life, despite being widowed for several years. I want to thank Netgalley, HQ Publishers, and Erica James for allowing me to read this book and give my personal thoughts. Although I had several minor niggles, one in particular relating to the far too convenient disposal of a nuisance character that felt lazy, I was impressed with the storytelling ability of Erica James and would happily read more about these characters or another of her books.The ambitious scope of the novel—narrated by three Chinese mothers and four American daughters—allows Tan to explore multiple stories, seamlessly moving from generation to generation, from China to America, from tradition to revolution. Chew-Bose, at twenty-eight in the essays, lives alone, walks to movies alone, thinks about writing, about a vacuum cord winding along a library floor, about advice her mother gives her in the car one day: “People don’t change,” and Chew-Bose spends pages speculating about their possible meaning. In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk—and the Joy Luck Club is born. Although the POV’s weren’t clearly labelled, it didn’t take me long to figure out who each chapter was dedicated to. Naomi has always kept aspects of her marriage to Colin private, she’s never told anyone what really went on behind closed doors and now is the time.

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