— “Mothers and Sons”: NYT Review of Rebel Mother —

Caught between parents, cultures and ideologies, Andreas’s thoroughly engrossing account of his conflicted upbringing is enriched by excerpts from his mother’s diaries, offering glimpses into the mind of a woman so driven by a desire for social equality that her actions call into question what constitutes quality parenting. “I really feel terrible sometimes when I think what I’ve put my kids through,” she confesses in one of her final entries, for which Andreas, in one of his final passages, absolves her: “And yet — and yet. There is so much she gave me, too.”