The Sorry Truths Behind ‘The Myth of the Southern Mama’

Katharine Helpful as a mother and faded belle from the South “The Glass Menagerie” / Credit: ABC-TV

Southerners sentimentalize their mothers more fiercely than residents of any of the several American regions I’ve lived in. Books, movies, country music songs — all reflect romantic stereotypes that do the mamas no favors. An apt description of one of…

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Janice Harayda

Janice Harayda

Critic, novelist, award-winning journalist. Former book columnist for Glamour and book editor of The Plain Dealer.