If it isn’t one thing, it is your mother…..
First, let me tell you that this is the second work of Mameve Medweds that I have read and you just can’t go wrong when you pick up one of her books.
Okay, back to Of Men and Their Mothers. You know, I never realized just how much of an effect other people’s mothers have on our lives until I read this. Maisie Grey, the main character, has to take them all on in this book, but she walks away with a greater understanding of what it is to be a mother and how to be a better mother to her son.
She may have gotten a divorce, but due to having a teen age son, she can’t quite get away from her X-Mother-in-law. Her constant meddling and the worries that the woman will turn her grandson into the momma’s boy that her X was is an ever present feature in Maisie’s life. But even though the woman is stubborn, judgmental, negative, and critical of Maisie, they come together and work as a team when issues such as drug use and her son’s new questionable girlfriend come up.
Another mother pops up when she starts a new relationship. She is somewhat glad when she realizes that his mother has already passed on, but horrified when she realizes that he still lives in the same house and hasn’t changed a thing since her death. When he shows up to their first date, wearing his mother’s rain coat, she senses that the relationship is doomed and wonders if she will ever be free from all of the mothers in the world.
Then there is Darlene, her employee and a young mother. Maisie tries to help when a custody battle ensues between Darlene and her mother in law.
And you can’t forget, September Silva. She is her son, Tommy’s new girlfriend and well, at first, Maisie is not sure what to think of her. The girl has strange piercing, is from the wrong side of the tracks and her whole wardrobe seems to black. Her one encounter with September’s mother leaves her shocked, sad, and determined to do better.
All in all, the story is moving and really entertaining. It leaves you realizing that there is no one way to mother a child and that most just do the best job that they know how to do.
Of Men and Their Mothers
by Mameve Medwed
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (April 22, 2008)