As Mother’s Day nears, I have been thinking about my own years as a mother. If you have three grown children, you are lucky because your husband has always been a good friend and co-parent. But I know that families come in many different shapes and sizes, and single-parent homes are becoming more common every year, so I understand. Women run 21 percent of all single parent homes in the United States, and 86 percent of those homes are run by women.
Having to raise a child alone can be hard. They have to take care of their families’ money, emotions, and bodies on their own. Often, they don’t get the child support they are owed, they are paid less than men for their work, and they have a hard time finding affordable child care. I think about the single moms I know and I’m amazed by how much they do. I have so much admiration for the women who manage to raise their kids alone.
For all the single moms out there, I thought I’d put together a list of books about single moms. By choice, some people are raising their kids alone, and by chance, some people have no choice but to. These books show a wide range of women and their experiences as mothers. They all have different problems, but they are all single moms who love, care for, and work hard.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
It has been a while since Mia Warren and her daughter Pearl moved to Shaker Heights. It becomes clear very quickly that they don’t live by the rules that were set up for this planned neighborhood. When Mia was a child, she was an artist and a traveler. Her past is unknown. When a local custody battle has everyone in the small town picking sides, Mia finds herself in a fight with another local mother, Elena, who also lives in the town. An interesting look at how far a mother will go to protect her child.
One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
Having two teenagers on her own, working two jobs, and still having trouble making ends meet is a lot of work for Jess. if they can pay for it, Tanzi’s mother can let her go to a very good school. A plan that might work, but it’s a long shot. On the road across the country, Jess’s millionaire boss Ed, a dog, and a Math Olympiad are all part of the story. This is a heartwarming and heartwarming story about perseverance, family, and hope that will make you laugh and cry.
How to Party With An Infant by Kaui Hart Hemmings
In San Francisco, Mele is a single mother and lives with her daughter. A group of other parents from playdates help her figure out how to be a parent on her own. It turns out that the father of her child is getting married to someone else and has invited her to the wedding. She’s also figuring out how she feels about it. When you read this book, you’ll see all the ridiculous mommy competition and first-world problems that you might expect.
Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen
A woman named Fran Benedetto has been in an abusive marriage for 18 years when she finally decides to leave. She wants to save herself and her 10-year-old son from being hurt. They move to a new town, change their name, and start over, with the secrets of their past still with them. In this book, a mother shows her love for her son as she works to build a new life for them. Quindlen is sensitive, honest, and real when he deals with the difficult subject matter.
Laura & Emma by Kate Greathead
It was never in Laura’s plans to get married or have a child. But a brief romance leads to a pregnancy, and Laura chooses to be a mother. A woman raised her daughter alone in New York City in the 1980s and 1990s. Is a series of short stories that show the challenges and joys of being a parent. It shows how Emma grows from an infant to a teenager. It’s a story about a mother and daughter that isn’t very loud. It shows how different types of relationships can be.
Room by Emma Donoghue
When a mother’s instinct is strong enough, she will do whatever it takes to keep her child safe. This is shown in the movie Room. The story is told by 5-year-old Jack, who has never left the room he shares with his mother. Almost seven years ago, the old man took his mother away from him. She’s been in his care ever since. The love between mother and son will keep them going as they try to leave the room.
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Bri is a 16-year-old who wants to be a rapper and help her family get back on their feet. This story is about Bri’s family. In the years after Bri’s father died, her mother fell into depression and then turned to drugs. Now that her mom has been clean for eight years, she is working on getting a degree in social work, and she is still working to improve her relationship with Bri and her brother. Just look at how complicated and honest this mother-daughter bond is!
Plainsong by Kent Haruf
This story is about a few people who live in rural Holt, Colorado, and how their lives start to connect in a way that makes a lot of changes for everyone over a few months. When 17-year-old Victoria is pregnant and living on the streets, two older brothers agree to take her in. They slowly but surely become a family. You will fall in love with Haruf’s simple, unpretentious writing. This book will make you fall in love, too.
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
This Bronte classic was first published in 1848, and it was very different from other books at the time because it showed a woman who was trying to live on her own. It was one of the first feminist novels. Helen leaves her alcoholic husband and vows to protect her son, so she takes a new name and hides out in a small village. Her job is to be an artist and raise her son alone. The people in the area don’t trust the outsider, but she is determined to make a new life for her son.
The Cutting Season by Attica Locke
At Belle Vie, a plantation house in Louisiana, Caren looks after the property. She lives there with her daughter and works there as the property manager. There are more clues when a dead body is found, and they all seem to be linked to the past of her own family. To protect her daughter, Caren is going to find out the truth. If you like mysteries that have a smart and resourceful mother at the heart of them, this one is for you!