Flavorwire lists 10 of the best memoirs about mothers and I was surprised that I’ve only read two of the eight. I thought I’d read every mother-related memoir I could find. With that, I have to point out a few memoirs Flavorwire should have listed:
Her Last Death by Susanna Sonnenberg. This one is a favorite because it doesn’t build up to a cathartic scene of forgiveness. It’s far more complicated than that.
The Mother Knot by Kathryn Harrison. The author wants to exhume her mother’s grave and cremate her in hopes of achieving a final good-bye. I didn’t think I could understand something so extreme until I read this book.
Swallow the Ocean by Laura M. Flynn. Although there are many memoirs about a parent with mental illness, Laura M. Flynn does an exquisite job of describing her mother through a child’s eyes. It reads like a novel.
What’s your favorite memoir about a mother?