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10 Books Featuring Mother-Child Relationships & All Their Beautiful Complexity

Garrett Billings

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There’s nothing like the relationship between mother and child. From your first best friend to the one who’s been there for you since day one, the women who’ve raised us will always occupy a large part of our hearts. And with such a significant holiday as Mother’s Day fast approaching, we’re thinking of unique ways to celebrate these special women.

There are so many stories about the joys, pressures, and experiences mothers endure. From startling thrills to moving, reflective moments, some of the best new books out there chronicle these experiences with such a thoughtful approach. Books like Christine Kandic Torres’ The Girls in Queens and Rebecca Serle’s One Italian Summer feature mother-child relationships in ways we’ve never read before. These and more must-have stories are featured in this round-up — and we’re sure you’ll want to add a few of these novels to your own bookshelf. Is your mother a hard one to shop for? If so, check out these stories featuring mother-child relationships that will make the perfect Mother’s Day gifts!

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