Judy Hornbacher is Marya's mother. She locks herself in her room and cries for three weeks when she learns she is pregnant. Marya describes her mother as being repressed and distant. Judy works first as a theatre actress then later as an assistant principal. Although she and her mother are not close, Marya's mother is her ideal. One of Marya's goals in life is to be thinner than her mother. Marya wants her mother to be proud of her. However, Marya's mother is always shooting down Marya's big dreams and big ideas about what she will do with her life.