“Morris’s nearly flawless prose is mesmerizing.”

“Never one to shy away from the messy and bleak, Morris unflinchingly illuminates the bitter existence of neglected children and their inspiring resilience, once again proving herself a storyteller of great compassion, insight, and depth.”

Publishers Weekly

The Lost Mother paints a nuanced portrait of small-town life . . . Morris’s characters are finely drawn, her dialogue rings true, and the epic sweep of her storytelling draws apt comparison to Dickens and Steinbeck.”
The Orlando Sentinel

“An absorbing and wonderful book.”
The Boston Globe

“A vivid portrait of an underreported world.”
The Chicago Tribune

“Morris tells a sad story and works into it slowly, capturing the feel of a hopeless time.”
Arizona Republic

“A perfectly lovely book about perfectly awful things . . . The Lost Mother is the quietest, subtlest novel that ever kept me up into the small hours of the night, unable to look away.”
The Washington Post

“Character-driven stories of such excellence are all too rare. The characters of The Lost Mother will stay in readers’ minds for a long time.”

The Lost Mother blends good fiction with real history, capturing the desolation of rural poverty in Depression-era America.”
The Seattle Times