Mother's Day 2011: Psycho Moms In Literature

Mother's Day approaches, and with it the usual exhortations to care enough to send the very best. Sure, a handmade card or thoughtful phone call is always appropriate, but if you want to surprise the mother in your life this year, here are some books featuring mothers anyone would love to hate (and hate to love). As compared to the mommies dearest in these pages, almost any woman can feel like Mother of the Year. A frisson of schadenfreude might be preferable to a entire bouquet of roses.

Amy Wilson is the author of When Did I Get Like This?