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In much of literature, mothers fall into stereotypes: the smothering mother, the distant mother, the hipster mother. The mothers in these stories reach beyond the cliché and highlight the bond between mother and child or at least provide a family story so fun and refreshing that you can live with a trope or two. This topic is close to my heart: My first novel Modern Girls, which is set in New York City’s Jewish immigrant community in 1935, examines a mother and a daughter each wrestling with unthinkable choices that will force them to confront their beliefs and may irreparably change their worlds forever.
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