Happy Wednesday, Savvy Readers!
With Mothers’ Day just four days away, I wanted to celebrate some of our favourite literary moms. No mother is perfect (except for mine – shout out to you, Mum!), but these fictional moms are about as perfect as we could hope for. These amazing, selfless moms are top-shelf:
Tess’s Mum from Miss You by Kate Eberlen
When we’re first introduced to Tess’s mother, she is battling cancer. She does everything she can to look after Tess and her younger sister Hope, worrying about how they’ll make it when she passes away. She puts so much of her energy into these worries, and Tess can see that the stress is starting to take its toll. When her mother does pass away, Tess is left to drop out of university to take care of Hope. While her mother may not be physically present, Tess knows her mother is watching over her and guiding her in caring for her sister. I want to celebrate Tess here as an honorary mother as well – she dropped everything to look after Hope and make sure she was properly cared for. She assumed full responsibility for her little sister and went above and beyond the duties of most older sisters. Now I’m getting emotional, so let’s keep this list going!
Fereiba from When the Moon is Low by Nadia Hashimi
Forced to flee Kabul during the Taliban’s rise to power, Fereiba will stop at nothing to protect her children. When her husband is murdered, Fereiba and her three children have no choice but to escape the country in the dead of night. They make it as far as Greece, where her teenage son Saleem becomes separated from the rest of the family. Reluctantly, Fereiba continues on her journey to safety and freedom, doing her best to protect her daughter and baby, all the while watching for Saleem. She sacrifices for her children time and time again, her strength and generosity seemingly endless.
Lisa from The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
When sixteen-year-old Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her best friend, her world comes crashing down. She is reminded yet again that she doesn’t truly belong in either of her two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she lives, and the fancy prep school she attends. Throughout this traumatic time, Starr’s mother Lisa is her saving grace. While supporting and taking care of Starr, Lisa also understands how important it is to give Starr space and keep her busy. While Starr may never come back from this horrible time, her mother helps her to move forward.
CardaMom and MaxiMum from The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue
Two of the four parents in The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue are high up on this list! Co-parents of seven children, CardaMom and MaxiMum are two of the most accepting, laidback moms I’ve ever read about. Each of their children have diverse identities and interests, and these two moms are so supportive and encouraging of each of them. Raising one child is a handful, and somehow these amazing women manage to handle seven of them!
Natalie from Divergent by Veronica Roth
Natalie from Veronica Roth’s Divergent series is the textbook definition of a supportive mother. Even when her children go against her wishes and make their own choices, she is always thinking of ways to let them know just how much she loves them. She prioritizes her children’s happiness over her own – a real #rideordie mom!
Vic from NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
Vic has had her share of trauma in her life. She was kidnapped by Charles Talent Manx, a man who lures kids into his Rolls Royce with the promise of “Christmasland.” Vic is the only one of his victims to ever escape, and Manx hasn’t stopped thinking about her. He’s back on the hunt, and this time he’s got a special passenger: Vic’s son. Vic will stop at nothing to save her son from Manx’s terror – terror she knows all too well. She is selfless, sacrificing, and her love for her son is unwavering.
Ma from Room by Emma Donoghue
Jack and his Ma have lived in Room for his entire life. They are being held captive by Old Nick, and Jack has never been outside – he doesn’t even know that outside exists. Despite these horrible circumstances, Ma does her best to make sure Jack is properly looked after and loved. She plays endless made-up games with Jack and tries to shield him from Old Nick and from the small world they share. No mother is perfect, but Ma is about as close as you can get, especially given what she’s been through. I appear to have something stuck in my eye… let’s see who’s next.
Fox from Dragon Springs Road by Janie Chang
Jialing is abandoned by her mother at the age of seven and lives as a servant for a wealthy family. She is ostracized by her host family, and with no one to care for her, she meets Fox. Fox is an animal spirit who has lived in Jialing’s courtyard for hundreds of years. In both animal and human form, Fox looks after Jialing and offers her invaluable guidance throughout her life. She is the mother figure that Jialing so desperately needs, and she is determined to help get Jialing’s life on track.
Sarah from Mitzi Bytes by Kerry Clare
Kerry Clare’s novel Mitzi Bytes is a beautiful, honest take on motherhood. Sarah, mother of Clementine and Gladys, is the kind of mom I want to be someday. She loves her daughters and would do anything for them, but she also has her own sense of self outside of motherhood. She is fair, loving, and gives her children the freedoms and responsibilities appropriate for their ages; she prefers to worry in private rather than be an overbearing mother. Because, let’s face it, mothers are worriers – but for Sarah, that doesn’t mean holding her kids back. Sarah is the reminder that we all need to give our moms a great big hug and say “thank you.”
I don’t know about you, but I need to call my mom ASAP. Being a mother can be a thankless job, so let’s all make sure to show ours some extra love on Sunday – and every other day, too!
Who are some of your favourite fictional moms? Let us know in the comments or use the hashtag #SavvyMomma on Twitter @SavvyReader.
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