Mothers and Daughters
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.