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Best Moms in Literature


Literature offers the most incredible female characters, so we combed the shelves looking for the best moms it had to offer. To us, moms are those characters that nurture, protect, sacrifice, and suffer for the sake of their "children." Bloodlines are unnecessary in our choices, yet the clear motherly bond is present in all. Did your favorite "Mom" make the list? Enjoy our best of literary moms list!
Aibileen, Minny, Celia - The Help Gertie Nevels - The Dollmaker Laura & grandmother - The Invisible Thread Mrs.Bennet - Pride & Prejudice
Adie Lou Kruger - The Summer Cottage Grandmama - The Witches in Roald Dahl Lena Woodward - Karolina's Twins Dorothy Quimby - Ramona Series
Aurora Greenway - Terms of Endearment Hattie Shepherd - Twelve Tribes of Hattie Lilly Forsyth & Augusta - Surviving Savannah Mrs. Little - Stuart Little
Bernadette Fox - Where'd You Go, Bernadette Helen Graham - The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Rosaleen & Boatwright Sisters - The Secret Life of Bees Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle - Betty MacDonald
Bobbi Lambrecht - Wild, Cheryl Strayed Hester Prynne - The Scarlet Letter Lillian Gilbreth - Cheaper By the Dozen Mrs. Ramsay - To The Lighthouse
Boy Novak - Boy, Snow, Bird; Helen Oyeyemi Hypatía Belicia Cabral - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Lisa Carter - The Hate U Give Mrs. Waterbury - The Railway Children
Bridget's mum - Bridget Jones' Diary Irene Reilly - A Confederacy of Dunces Lolly and Arden - The Charm Bracelet Mum - The Famished Road
Carly Jo Wheatley (aka Jo) - Safe Haven Jennifer Honey - Matilda Louisa Durrell - The Corfu Triology Nancy Hanks Lincoln & Sarah Bush Johnston - Lincoln Raw
Catelyn Stark - A Song of Ice and Fire Series Mrs. Josephine Bhaer - Little Men Ma - Room Natalie Prior - Divergent Series
Charley Bordelon - Queen Sugar Joy Davidman - Becoming Mrs. Lewis Ma - Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder Offred - The Handmaid’s Tale
Claire - Son by Lois Lowry Dr. Kate Murry - A Wrinkle in Time Marilla Cuthbert - Anne of Green Gables Raksha - The Jungle Book
Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser - Outlander Series Katie Nolan - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Marmee - Little Women Rose Hoffs & Mattie Tice - The Hope Chest
Dolly Oblonsky - Anna Karenina Kitty & Miss July - The Long Song Mary Emma - Mary Emma & Company Abby & Iris - The Heirloom Garden
Elsa Martinelli & Rose Martinelli - The Four Winds Isabel Pullman - Wonder Maureen - Museum of Extraordinary Things Sonny Dunes' Mom - The Secret of Snow
Florence Augusta Lewis - Once Upon a Wardrobe Lady Bracknell - The Importance of Being Earnest Meg - Good Wives (Little Women, Part 2) Willow & Deana - The Recipe Box
Frannie Lancaster - The Fault in Our Stars Lady Jessica - Dune Molly Weasley & & Lily Evans Potter - Harry Potter Series Suyuan Woo - The Joy Luck Club


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