Five Best Books About Mothers and Daughters

From a Wall Street Journal story by Donal Ryan headlined “Five Best: Novel of Mothers and Daughters”:

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories

By Angela Carter (1979)

1. At the beginning of the title story of this classic collection, the teenage heroine recalls how, during her train journey to the home of the powerful and wealthy marquis she had just married, she imagined that her mother would be lingering “over this torn ribbon and that faded photograph with all the half-joyous, half-sorrowful emotions of a woman on her daughter’s wedding day.” The girl remembers, too, feeling “a pang of loss” at the idea of having ceased to be her mother’s child upon becoming the marquis’s wife.