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by Vivian Gornick
This memoir by one of our most eloquent essayists details, with clear-eyed candor, the Bronx-born-and-raised Gornick's struggle to free herself from her mother's powerful grip. It's a doomed battle, redeemed by the author's realization once she's an adult that love outlasts liberty.
Also see lists of the ten best fictional mothers, the ten worst mothers in fiction, Kate Saunders' critic's chart of mothers and daughters in literature, and Eleanor Birne's top ten books on motherhood.