Sons and LoversBook - 1913
A story of maternal love and sexual passion, Sons and Lovers tells of Gertrude Morel, eager to love but swift to realise the mistake she has made in marrying Walter, a miner. As Walter spends more and more time drinking in the pub to avoid fighting with his wife, Gertrude must instead turn her capacity for love onto her sons, William and Paul - but her attentions, rather than encouraging her sons, begin to suffocate them. Only Paul can make the choice- between his own romantic partners, or the obsessive need of his mother.
Sons and Lovers is D. H. Lawrence's searingly autobiographical portrayal of childhood, adolescence and the effects of a dysfunctional family.