We all have one...
Updated: May 11, 2022
They come in all shapes and sizes and are the beginning of us all. It is our first relationship and often a very close and/or problematic one. So here are four very different mothers. Enjoy!
Photograph: Joy Prouty @joyprouty / @kanthabae
Text: Susan Jessen Spiele
Relatable and funny essays
I Miss You When I Blink
By Mary Laura Philpott
When you got the life you thought you should have, but lose a part of yourself. Do you blow it all up or change some parts? Motherhood is not always what you thought it would be - perhaps there is another way to go.
Beautiful and hard story
By William Styron
Stingo is looking back on the time he shared with the couple Nathan and Sophie, the latter a Holocaust survivor who faced an impossible choice in the camps. Stingo’s friendship with Sophie evolves as her past increasingly haunts her.
Bitter, compelling and magical
By Toni Morrison
Sethe is a former slave who escaped her abusive owner with her children. But unfortunately, not all made it and years later, her house is haunted by the angry ghost of her daughter, Beloved. Then a young woman calling herself Beloved appears, and things unravel.
An overlooked feminist classic
The Tennant of Wildfell Hall
By Anne Brontë
Helen and her young son move into Wildfell Hall in the quiet countryside. Helen keeps to herself, and nasty rumours start. The budding love between her and a local farmer finally forces her to reveal the truth about herself.
Did you know?
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