by Erin Cupp
Full Quiver Publishing, 2014
The years of Jesus' childhood are unknown to us which make them fertile grounds for the imagination. What happened in those years when Jesus was young and living with Joseph and Mary, growing in faith and knowledge? In Working Mother, Erin Cupp imagines a scenario in Egypt in which Joseph cannot work due to an injury and Mary is forced to leave her family for a time in order to work as a wet nurse and earn them enough money to live. It is a powerful short story about a mother's love, the complexity of relationships, and a woman doing what needs to be done for her family, even at great personal cost.