5 Unforgettable Novels About Motherhood


The Other Side  Of The World

by Stephanie Bishop

Explores the beauty and brutality of motherhood and the meaning of home in the 1950s.

Recommended by Naomi Chrisoulakis,  postpartum doula

Motherhood:  The Wild Other

by Clover Stroud

Clover writes boldly, evocatively and poignantly about how (her mother’s catastrophic accident) shaped her path.

Recommended by Kerry Potter, book reviewer

My Name Is  Lucy Barton

by Elizabeth Strout

Strout has an immense capacity to write about human vulnerability – in this instance, a grown child questioning whether her mother ever loved her.

Recommended by Laura Brading, WellRead

The Ten-Year Nap

by Meg Wolitzer

Follows four well-educated New York mothers who have stepped away from their jobs to care for their children – with varying degrees of success and happiness.

Recommended by Anna Saunders,  PRIMER co-founder

Mister Pip

by Lloyd Jones

The locus for all the emotion that a mother feels as her daughter pulls away from her to develop her own views of the world.

Recommended by Felicity Robinson,  PRIMER co-founder

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