The Mothers

The Mothers

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Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett's mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition. It begins with a secret.

All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we'd taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unripe secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season.

It is the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken, seventeen-year-old beauty. Mourning her own mother's recent suicide, she takes up with the local pastor's son. Luke Sheppard is twenty-one, a former football star whose injury has reduced him to waiting tables at a diner. They are young; it's not serious. But the pregnancy that results from this teen romance--and the subsequent cover-up--will have an impact that goes far beyond their youth. As Nadia hides her secret from everyone, including Aubrey, her God-fearing best friend, the years move quickly. Soon, Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey are full-fledged adults and still living in debt to the choices they made that one seaside summer, caught in a love triangle they must carefully maneuver, and dogged by the constant, nagging question: What if they had chosen differently? The possibilities of the road not taken are a relentless haunt.

In entrancing, lyrical prose, The Mothers asks whether a -what if- can be more powerful than an experience itself. If, as time passes, we must always live in servitude to the decisions of our younger selves, to the communities that have parented us, and to the decisions we make that shape our lives forever.

Title:The Mothers
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0399184511
Format Type:
Number of Pages:278 pages

    The Mothers Reviews

  • karen

    i saw a comment the other day on a friend's review that was both amusing and galling: Dammit! I can't trust the reviews of people who were given the item for free! Believe it or not, you're predispose...

  • Roxane

    The Mothers is an outstanding, engaging debut novel. The story follows two teenagers, Nadia and Luke, who fall in love as teenagers and how they come together and fall apart over the years. This is al...

  • Will Byrnes

    A girl nowadays has to get nice and close to tell if her man ain?t shit and by then it might be too late. We were girls once. It?s exciting, loving someone who can never love you back. Freeing, ...

  • Book Riot Community

    I don?t even know what to say about this book. It made me feel all the things. It?s about three people?Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey?but mostly Nadia. It?s about how our choices affect us, and how...

  • Larry H

    I'd rate this between 4 and 4.5 stars, closer to the latter.There's an incredible sense of longing that pervades Brit Bennett's terrifically compelling debut novel, The Mothers . There's longing for ...

  • Hannah Greendale

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Nadia Turner is introduced to unimaginable grief as a teenager. None of the vices she turns to as coping mecha...

  • Jill

    It?s never easy for me to be the lone dissenting voice in a chorus of much more respected reviewers who have lauded The Mothers as one of the finest books of 2016. Yet for me, this debut novel is a ...

  • Diane S ?

    The entwined lives of three teens in an African American community in Southern, California. Nadia, whose mother recently committed suicide and Aubrey, whose mother has chosen her boyfriend over her, a...

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old girl. She recently lost her mother to suicide (Not a spoiler) and is completely grief stricken. She is a beautiful, super smart girl who is fast tracked to college...

  • Elyse

    I can see why this novel is getting 'buzz'. "All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we'd taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of a...