Mother’s Day is upon us. Be prepared for booklists featuring classy and classic literary moms and uplifting choices of books to read with your mom. Hooray for the people with normal “come down for supper”-type moms. The rest of us have moms that range quirky to cringe-worthy.
Consider this list a shout-out the dysfunctional moms who somehow managed to turn us into functional human beings (or not), and the borderline evil moms who really should have never reproduced. Here are our favorite wacky moms for Mother’s Day that you might just recognize in your own family.
Just a little wacky …
The Nutmeg Tree, by Margery Sharp
Flighty Julia tries to be a good mom … by leaving her daughter with her proper in-laws and running off to become and actress. Now, 16 years later, her daughter sends for her wayward mother to help persuade the in-laws to let her marry. Despite her desperate attempts to be respectable, Julia can’t help herself and somehow ends up swindling people out of martinis and making a spectacle of herself.
A Mother’s Kisses by Bruce Jay Friedman
There’s overprotective and clingy, then there’s Meg, Joseph’s indomitable mother so determined to set her boy on the right track that she accompanies him to college. Misadventures follow as Joseph’s mom uses wheedling and threats to make sure her precious boy gets what he wants.
Crazy dysfunctional …
Mothertime, by Gillian White
Caroline is a former actress and current alcoholic. After a disastrous Christmas where she ends up passed out under a Christmas tree, her five children take matters into their own hands and … keep her locked in a basement till she’s sober and more motherly. The kids in this tale have their own issues, but perhaps if Carol had spent a little less time drunk and more time teaching her kids not to be sociopaths …
Mother of Pearl, by Edward Swift
Eugenia has been dead for several years, but that hasn’t stopped her from continuing to screw up her children. When daughters Pearl and Wanda move in together, their divided opinions over their late overbearing, man-hating matriarch will set them at odds. As will the impossible standards she set for them.
Just plain crazy …
Thorns of Truth, by Eileen Goudge
Sylvie is a great mother. If you ignore the fact that she swapped her real daughter for one less Greek looking. After a passionate affair with a Greek handyman, Sylvie finally got pregnant. But her child looks nothing like her husband. Add in a convenient hospital fire and Sylvie seizes her opportunity to swap her daughter out for someone else’s. Years later, Sylvie’s decision and secrets turn both women’s lives upside down.