Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

A beloved BOTM selection, the narrator of this story'“'“which takes place entirely within one walk through 1980s Manhattan'“'“is based on the real life of Margaret Fishback, a successful ad-woman and author. Any mom will recognize and identify with Lillian's lively sense of irony, her unfaltering humility, and the sacrifices she has made for her family.

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Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The story of a Korean family striving to make it in post-World War II Japan, this is a poetic history of both countries and a tour de force from first page to last. Judge Alexander Chee calls Pachinko 'œa sweeping epic of love and exile, 'œa captivating family drama,' and a 'œmasterpiece.'

Exit West

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Nadia and Saeed are young and on the brink of falling in love when their country is torn apart by civil war. Forced to flee their once-peaceful city, they leave their homeland and embark on a journey that tests their loyalty to each other and their will to survive. A speculative fiction and a romance, Exit West is nothing if not spellbinding.

Perfect Little World

Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson

This novel is about an unconventional family'“'“a collective family, to be specific, in which children are raised by many parents without knowing exactly which are their own. But that doesn't mean it shirks on the importance of maternal caregiving. A warm and generous story that asks big questions about family and the ties that truly bind.

Dead Letters

Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach

A young woman returns from Paris to her hometown in upstate New York to discover the secret of her twin sister's peculiar death after receiving a message'“'“from her twin sister. A thrilling literary scavenger hunt, this electrifying novel will captivate readers of all genres.

Swimming Lessons

Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller

Flora is just a child when her mother Ingrid suddenly vanishes without leaving a trace. Twelve years later, she realizes that the answer to this mystery might be within her grasp: in the letters her mother has hidden in her father's thousands of books. A darkly imaginative premise combined with sharply-drawn characters, this book will delight any mom who occasionally dreams of getting away.

The Mothers

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Part coming-of-age tale, part meditation on how mothers define us even after they're gone, The Mothers is about a girl named Nadia, who loses her mom at a young age and must find the way to adulthood on her own. This immersive book is a reminder to everyone about the importance of, well, our mothers.