Sunday, March 17, 2019

Five books featuring complex mother/daughter relationships

Leanna Renee Hieber is an actress, playwright, ghost tour guide and award-winning, bestselling author. Her new book is Miss Violet and the Great War. At she tagged five books featuring complex mother/daughter relationships, including:
The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi

Karuna Riazi’s The Gauntlet seamlessly weaves in the inextricable importance of family and culture while supporting a fantastic adventure where kids shine. Some of the qualities I loved in A Wrinkle in Time are also in play here: the heroine Farah’s love for her younger brother and willingness to go to all lengths to help him; the inevitable navigations and negotiations of family; and the wonderful lizard guide Henrietta Peel, who serves similar maternal and mentor qualities as the “Mrs.” characters in my favorite L’Engle work. Farah’s strong family dynamic has created a good foundation for her to take on the mantle of an elder’s responsibility.

Riazi and [Zoraida] Cordova’s works are great examples of engaging, beautifully realized, holistic portrayals of vibrant family dynamics that are expressions of each author’s lived experiences but also imminently relatable across all cultures and backgrounds.
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--Marshal Zeringue