My favorite treat has always been a trip to the bookstore. My mom and I used to go to the Barnes & Noble before any family vacation to stock up on the latest reads, and we were both so excited when I got old enough that we could share books, essentially doubling the size of our hauls. In the spirit of Mother’s Day, take a look at these books that contain mother-child relationships.
Please Look After Mom, Kyung-sook Shin
When a mother is separated from her family at a subway station in Seoul, the family’s subsequent search uncovers secrets that make them wonder how well they know their own mother.
The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
Though not specifically a novel about parent-child relationships, this novel opens with a terror attack in which the main character loses his mother. He then spends the remainder of the novel dealing with the aftermath of the attack and his feelings toward his mother.
The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan
This novel is a collection of vignettes from the perspective of mothers and their daughters as they discuss their relationships with each other, their Chinese heritage, and their Americanness.
Room, Emma Donoghue
Room is the story of a kidnapped woman and her to create normalcy for her son, whose entire world is the room they are held captive in, as well as to secure their freedom.
Things We Left Unsaid, Zoya Pirzad
Clarice lives a content life in a suburb of Iran, taking care of her husband and children, until a new neighbor moves in across the street and draws her interest. This novel explores the tension between the her desires and her duties.
Love Me Back, Merritt Tierce
Love Me Back deals with a young, single, working-class mother’s self-destructive impulses and their influence on how she manages her job and her emotions.
Beloved, Toni Morrison
Beloved tells the story of an African-American woman who escapes slavery with her children to the north. After the Fugitive Slave Law, she makes impossible decisions to prevent her children from being recaptured.
The Nest, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
After a tragic event, siblings who are future beneficiaries of a joint trust fund find their inheritance threatened. The Nest explores how they maintain and heal their familial bonds.
Diamond Head, Cecily Wong
In the early 1900s, a fabulously wealthy shipping industrialist moves his family to Oahu. When he dies, the women in the family must rebuild for two decades until a secret is revealed that may unravel their entire lives.
Listen to Your Mother, Ann Imig
This collection of essays celebrates the various facets what it means to be a mother today, from foster-parenting to LGBTQ to surrogacy and more. You’ll find contributions from ordinary people of all ages, races, and backgrounds.
I hope you and your mom get the chance to bond over a fab book! There’s nothing that brings me and my mom closer. If you’d like to check out some more great gifts, take a look at these 20 gifts under $20 and these little luxuries for mom.