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• Ernaux’s A Woman’s Story (1991), which was translated from Une Femme in 1987, is a novel about the death of a working-class woman as seen through the eyes of her university-educated daughter. Along with the mother-daughter relationship, Ernaux examines class, age, and gender issues.
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• French writer Simone de Beauvoir’s Une Morte Trés Douce (1964), which is translated as A Very Easy Death, recounts the death of her mother in a hospital and addresses the issue of aging.
• James Agee’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel A Death in the Family (1957) explores the grief one family feels at the loss of a loved one, as seen through the eyes of a child. Agee wrote this novel as a memorial to his own father.
• The best-selling Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss (1994), by Hope Edelman (who lost her mother when she was very young), explores the plight of women whose mothers have died and examines how their lives change as a result.
• Snapshots: 20th Century Mother-Daughter Fiction (2000), edited by Joyce Carol Oates and Janet Berliner, collects seventeen short stories focusing on mothers and daughters by wellknown and lesser-known women authors.
• Verna A. Jansen’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1988. In Alzheimer’s, the Good, the Sad & the Humorous: A Daughter’s Story (1999), edited by Glenda Baker, Jansen shares her experiences caring for her mother.