So, if you want to gently steer your mum away from Maeve Binchy or Joanna Trollope have a look under the jump for my suggestions:-
1. Lionel Shriver, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Yes, this is a slightly odd choice for mother's day- but at least you can comfort your mum with the knowledge that you'll never be as bad as Kevin! Also, both me and my mum agreed that this novel is in our top 20 books of all time. After reading this I'd also recommend you watch the film, which stars Tilda Swinton as Eva, its just as creepy as the book.
For a full review click here
2. Eowyn Ivey, The Snow Child
For a full review click here. Or if fairytales are your mother's thing, check out this list.
3. Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie
4. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
I've included a couple of photos of this one and this edition is just so pretty! I really like rough cut pages.
5. Arunhati Roy, The God of Small Things
The God of Small Things is hauntingly memorable and the deserved winner of the 1997 Booker Prize.
6. Yiyun Li, Gold Boy, Emerald Girl
This is a collection of stories in which Chinese society is experiencing the fallout from the countries economic boom. Including stories on surrogacy, sexual liberation and a women hoping to conceive a child with her imprisoned husband, Gold Boy, Emerald Girl is varied and impressive.
7. Nathan Englander, The Ministry of Special Cases