Mothers and Daughters

Amy and Isabelle
Amy and Isabelle By Strout, Elizabeth Book - 1999

Annotation:The town of Sidney Falls is the setting for this compassionate, humorous, and insightful story of a mother and daughter whose desires bring them into conflict.

Away A Novel By Bloom, Amy, 1953- Book - 2007

Annotation:Beautiful Lillian Leyb is the only family member to survive a Russian pogrom in the early 1920s. She immigrates to New York to make a new life for herself, but when she discovers that her three-year-old daughter might actually be alive, she begins an epic quest to return to her homeland and find Sophie. Prison, prostitution, and poverty are just a few of the barriers she encounters in this tale of endurance as she is driven by the burning determination of a mother’s love for her child.

Behind the Scenes at the Museum
Behind the Scenes at the Museum By Atkinson, Kate Book - 1995

Annotation:Ruby Lennox examines the lives in her disjointed clan, particularly those of her intensely irritable mother, her overly emotional sisters, and a gaggle of eccentric relatives. An odd "feeling of something long forgotten" haunts Ruby for the rest of her life.

Beyond the Blue
Beyond the Blue A Novel By MacPherson, Andrea, 1976- Book - 2007

Annotation:In a Scottish mill town purged of men by the Great War, Morag shelters her four daughters as best she can even as her body, ravaged by lung disease, begins to fail her. As the young women scheme and plan to escape the grinding poverty of the working class, and the fate of their mother, they are sustained by the hope of a better life.

The Bonesetter's Daughter
The Bonesetter's Daughter By Tan, Amy Book - 2001

Annotation:Over the course of one fog-shrouded year, mother and daughter find what they share in their bones through heredity, history, and inexpressible qualities of love.

Certain Girls
Certain Girls A Novel By Weiner, Jennifer Book - 2008

Annotation:n this sequel to the hilarious Good in Bed, feisty Candace (Cannie) Shapiro navigates the adolescent rebellion of her about-to-be bat mitzvahed daughter, Joy, and juggles her writing career; her relationship with her physician husband, Peter Krushelevansky; her ongoing weight struggles; and the occasional impasse with Joy's biological father. It is a touching, if a bit slapstick examination of the tragic-comic relationship between mothers and daughters.

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood By Wells, Rebecca, 1952- Book - 1996

Annotation:When Siddi inadvertently reveals some things about her Southern childhood in a newspaper interview, her mother, Vivi, virtually disowns her. Vivi's lifelong friends, the Ya-Ya's, set in motion a plan to bring the mother and daughter back together.

Falling Angels
Falling Angels By Chevalier, Tracy Book - 2001

Annotation:A meditation on change, loss, and recovery, this story revolves around the lives of two girls from different backgrounds whose family plots are located side-by-side in the local cemetery. Their mothers are equally dissimilar, as one is bound by the conventions of Edwardian England, and the other is drawn into the women’s suffrage movement. Both women, however, have a lasting impact on the girls’ lives.

The Girl With No Shadow
The Girl With No Shadow By Harris, Joanne, 1964- Book - 2008

Annotation:For those who indulged in Chocolat, this novel continues the touching story of Vianne and her precocious daughter Anouk four years later. Vianne is forced to exercise her culinary powers once again, this time to save her daughter from becoming involved in an increasingly sinister relationship with an exotic itinerant who happens to come into their chocolate shop.

Hanna's Daughters
Hanna's Daughters By Fredriksson, Marianne, 1927- Book - 1998

Annotation: At her mother's deathbed, Anna becomes determined to learn more about both her mother Joanna, and her grandmother, Hanna, and she looks through old diaries, letters, and photographs to unravel the mysteries of her past.

Helpless A Novel By Gowdy, Barbara Book - 2007

Annotation:Love and obsession lie at the heart of this novel. Single mother Celia works two jobs and is often forced to bring nine-year-old Rachel along to her nighttime gigs at a piano bar. Much to Celia's dismay, men are already drawn to the biracial girl’s exotic beauty, but Celia is unaware that appliance repairman Ron Clarkson has an unhealthy fascination with Rachel that is escalating. It’s every mother’s fear that strangers may abduct a child, and Gowdy creates a riveting atmosphere with her cast of lonely, obsessive, and brutal characters.

The Joy Luck Club
The Joy Luck Club By Tan, Amy Book - 1989

Annotation:In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters.

Life on the Refrigerator Door
Life on the Refrigerator Door A Novel in Notes By Kuipers, Alice Book - 2007

Annotation:Bittersweet, funny and achingly real, the nameless mother (an overworked obstetrician) and bubbly Claire communicate through post-it notes left on the refrigerator door instead of talking, e-mailing or text messaging. Missives range from the daughter's plainly impassioned, “Hi MOM! (Who I never see anymore EVER!)” to her mother's soothing, tough-upper-lip responses written during her breast cancer treatment. Kuipers captures the anxiety surrounding tragedy and conveys the importance of fully experiencing life.

The Mermaid Chair
The Mermaid Chair By Kidd, Sue Monk Book - 2005

Annotation:The Mermaid Chair is the soulful tale of Jessie Sullivan, a middle-aged woman whose stifled dreams and desires take shape during an extended stay on Egret Island, where she is caring for her troubled mother, Nelle.

One True Thing
One True Thing By Quindlen, Anna Book - 1994

Annotation:After caring for her mother during her final, painful battle with cancer, Ellen Gulden discovers many surprising things about her mother's life and finds herself accused of murdering her mother in a mercy killing.

Someone Not Really Her Mother
Someone Not Really Her Mother By Chessman, Harriet Scott Book - 2004

Annotation:As Hannah Pearl's memories of her 1940 escape from war-torn France to England become ever more vivid, her present-day relationships with her daughter and granddaughters are altered, and they confront the impact of the past on the present.

Tamarind Woman
Tamarind Woman By Badami, Anita Rau Book - 2002

Annotation:osey Cirrini’s peaceful life caring for her elderly mother is turned upside down when Della Lee Baker, a sassy, confident, and bold waitress fleeing from an abusive relationship decides to hide out in her home.

Three Women
Three Women By Piercy, Marge Book - 1999

Annotation:Suzanne Blume has been enjoying a restful and happy period in her life when suddenly everything begins to fall apart, with her grown daughter moving back in and her independent mother having a stroke that leaves her helpless.

What We Keep
What We Keep A Novel By Berg, Elizabeth Book - 1999

Annotation:n San Francisco, two sisters visit their mother who walked out on the family 30 years earlier to devote herself to art. Now she has cancer and may die. Berg looks at mother-daughter relationships and how love and forgiveness can heal intergenerational rifts.

Wild Swans
Wild Swans Three Daughters of China By Chang, Jung, 1952- Book - 2003

Annotation:In Wild Swans Jung Chang recounts the gripping story of how three generations of women in her family fared through the political upheaval in China during the 20th century.

A Yellow Raft in Blue Water
A Yellow Raft in Blue Water By Dorris, Michael Book - 1987

Annotation:This spare generational novel presents Rayona, Christine, and "Aunt" Ida, Native American mothers and daughters bonded by blood and secrets.

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