When I was sent the press release for Steering the Mothership I was immediately drawn to this book. It is the third book written by Lisa Cherry who was born in an unmarried mother’s home and spent her life in foster care and children’s homes. It promised to explore the relationship between mothers and children through different real life perspectives.
This book certainly met with it’s hype. It certainly explored the complex relationship between a mother and a daughter, in a really unique way. Not only are we privy to the childhood of the author but also of several other contributors who all share differing perspectives on motherhood – either with their own mothers or with their own children.
Having a complex relationship with my own mother this book had natural appeal to me. But what surprised me was the myriad of different maternal relationships and problems there are. No mother / child relationship is the same, and there are problems and joys that are unique in each experience. I particularly like the way that the angle is explored from both sides – from the perspective of a mother looking back at her own childhood and a mother reflecting on her experience bonding with her own children.
The manner through which this book is written, through different experiences makes it a really gripping read – it is not only interesting but also emotional and parts of it brought me to tears and others really resonated with me. It also opened me up to different points of view and made me think deeply about the problems that all sorts of mothers can face in their parenting journey.
I’d wholeheartedly recommend reading this book – it’s one not to miss.
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