Ma Johnston is Matt's mother. She dies several weeks before the novel begins and is described as having been an invisible but good woman who had unending hard luck in life. She lived in a duplex on Clairemont Drive in San Diego and allowed Matt to get away with smoking and watching porn when he was in high school. She generally adored her son and supported him through his missionary phase. After her death, Matt returns to her duplex to handle her affairs.
Ma Johnston Character Timeline in Into the Beautiful North
The timeline below shows where the character Ma Johnston appears in Into the Beautiful North. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.