Five for Friday – Mothers

For brevity, I am not including links; you can Google the titles and authors:

The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas:  This is about mother, sons, and betrayal if you believe the dust jacket, but really the underlying theme is boundaries – honoring them, protecting them, and destroying them. Reading this book might lead you to consider the health of your own boundaries.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng: I am listening to this audiobook now, with four hours to go. I have been easily engaged by the story exploring mother-daughter relationships.

Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple: I listened to this audio book as well.  Told from the point of view of Bernadette’s daughter, this tale still manages to convey the essence of brilliant mother Bernadette.  The title is awkward.

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout: Lucy Barton, all grown up, is in the hospital when her mother shows up for a visit and a trip down memory lane.  I experienced this darkly fascinating novel in its excellently narrated audio version and I want more.  If you search for this book, be sure to pay attention to Strout’s other titles as well.

Educated by Tara Westover:  I have reviewed this book before, but I wanted to include it here as the only memoir on the list. Tara Westover’s mother is a puzzle; she turns a blind eye the abuse heaped on her daughter Tara. I don’t think I’ve ever disliked a mother figure quite so much in my reading, but I’m not convinced she is portrayed accurately.

Stay well and love each other.

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