What is Hope's relationship with her mother in Hope Was Here, and does it change?

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Hope can't really be said to have a relationship with her mother because her mother abandoned her at birth and never acted to remedy that abandonment, although she does visit and Hope (who was Tulip) dreams of a real family relationship with her. Hope has her Aunt, though, who serves "comfort food" in diners in various places as she and Hope travel around without finding a place to settle, until they come to Wisconsin, where they are surprised to find intrigue and corruption below the pleasant surface of life. After living through the experiences that come her way at Welcome Stairways Cafe, Hope rethinks her attitudes about mothers and belonging and families and love and learns that quality of love is as important as the kind of love; so, yes, Hope's attitude does change over the course of the novel.

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