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All about My Mother: Global Stories of Mother-Child Relationships

May 2024

A large pot of succulents and a smaller one sit side by side on a wood floor
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

In anticipation of Mother’s Day here in the US, we’re revisiting nine first-person stories, essays, and poems from our archive in which characters explore complex relationships with their mothers. While they vary in genre, language, and tone, these works—from an account of mother and daughter’s shared love of Hindi films to a tale of a Spanish writer telling her deceased mother’s story—capture both the universality and the particularity of a mother’s bond with her child. 

A bed of red and yellow busy lizzies
Photo by Michael Elliott Photography
A photograph of Bornholm's rocky seashore and cliff
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February 2013 International Graphic Novels Volume Vii My Mother Was A Very Beautiful Woman Karlien De Villiers Page 1
A hospital waiting room with green seats next to bright windows
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