Brit Bennett The Mothers: A Novel

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The Mothers: A Novel

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A DAZZLING DEBUT NOVEL FROM AN EXCITING NEW VOICE

THE MOTHERS is a surprising story about young love, a big secret in a small community, and the moments that haunt us most.


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's 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 manoeuvre, 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.

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"The Mothers is a beautifully written, sad and lingering book - an impressive debut for such a young writer." --The Guardian

"Ms. Bennett allows her characters to follow their worst impulses, and she handles provocative issues with intelligence, empathy and dark humor. Her risk-taking pays off." --New York Times

"Brit Bennett is rightfully being hailed a brilliant new voice writing about black women... This is a novel with heart - it made me feel; it made me think. And I can't wait to read more of her." --The Pool

"Some novels take place as you read them, while others grow more complicated as you think back on them. Bennett has written that rare combination: a book that feels alive on the page and rich for later consideration. If you read The Mothers, you will learn a lot." --Washington Post

"The Mothers is good, moving, and astute...[it] illustrates how rare major books that treat black families and friendships are, where racism and suffering are present in the story but not the entire story." --NPR Books

"Brit Bennett's debut is often funny, generous, and brightly written." --GQ

"Compelling début novel." --The New Yorker

"Amid roiling arguments about privilege, appropriation, and race, the 26-year-old writer - author of essays on all of the above - has written a first novel exactly for its time." --Vulture

"An age-old tale told in a wonderfully fresh voice." --The Bookbag

"Brit Bennett's lyrical debut novel The Mothers follows Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey into adulthood, examining how decisions made in youth and the 'what if' questions that follow can affect and haunt us years after the fact." --Buzzfeed

"Brit Bennett&apoos;s masterful debut is brimming with unforgettable scenes and the sort of keenly-observed, precise language that makes you look at your own relationships anew. Told with the wisdom of a seasoned, compassionate storyteller, The Mothers is a novel about community, friendship, grief and growth. The two women at the center of this novel are characters you will find yourself thinking about long after you've turned the last page - they pull you in close and never let you go. Bennett is a brilliant and much-needed new voice in literature." -- Angela Flournoy, author of National Book Award-finalist The Turner House

"Brit Bennett's The Mothers is a brilliant exploration of friendship, desire, inheritance, the love we seek, and the love we settle for. It is the kind of book that from its first page seduces you into knowing that the heartbreak coming will be worth it." -- Danielle Evans, author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self

"[A]n engaging and assured debut novel of depth, and introspective power. It succeeds as a brilliant study of a modern black woman, and as a lyrical and majestic portrait of her place in society." -- Chigozie Obioma, author ofThe Fishermen

"Brit Bennett is so bracingly talented on the page. . .[The Mothers is] astute and absorbing and urgent." -- Jezebel

"A wise and sad coming-of-age story showing how people are shaped by their losses." --Kirkus

"I also found it to be a quite beautiful book: shimmering with intelligence; fully alive to both the joyful and the difficult part of love; illuminating on motherhood..."--The Times Literary Supplement

"An age-old tale told in a wonderfully fresh voice. Young love and old wisdom, and some of the reverse as well. 4.5/5" --The Bookbag

"As much as The Mothers is steeped in black culture, it s also pointedly, poignantly universal in its depiction of young love and friendship and hard choices. Maybe that qualifies as revolutionary, or maybe it's just a really good novel, one that makes all the mess and magic of being young feel both new and familiar in the best kind of way." --Entertainment Weekly

"Bennett's characters struggle to know one another while navigating a morass of regret, bitterness, and desire; the result is a drama of feeling that explores how trauma shapes the contours of our lives and delineates the limits to our intimacy." --The Millions

&quotGracefully, Bennett explores beauty, gossip, friendship and secrecy." --Huffington Post

&quotTenderly written, and one of the best books of the season." --Elle

"The Mothers tells a young girl's coming-of-age story, but it's different than any others you've read, for real... The characters of The Mothers will stay with you long after you've read this novel - and every minute of their company will be worth it." --Literary Hub

&quotThis book is something special: sage and sad and spectacular." --Book Riot

"The Mothers is an outstanding, engaging debut novel... I loved the voice and the storytelling and how Bennett is able to hold the story she wants to tell together over the course of a decade. 4 stars" - Roxane Gay on Goodreads

&quotAn Amazon Best Book of October 2016: The Mothers is an absorbing and powerful novel about motherhood, female friendship and finding love with a broken heart. Brit Bennett will captivate you with her characters - who are hurting, flawed and trying to navigate the unsteady transition into adulthood. Seventeen year old Nadia Turner has her world turned upside down when her mother commits suicide and shortly thereafter, she discovers she's pregnant with the pastor's son's child. Nadia finds a safe harbor in her best friend Aubrey, but as the years go by, her past decisions invade the present, ushering in a new wave of wounds. The Mothers ambitiously tackles heavy circumstances, but the hope of these young black women and Bennett's ability to convey the ferocity of what it means have a mother, to be a mother, and to want a mother, make this novel a resoundingly magnetic and essential read." --Al Woodworth, The Amazon Book Review

About the Author:

Born and raised in Southern California, Brit Bennett graduated from Stanford University and later earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award in Graduate Short Fiction as well as the 2014 Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers. Her work is featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review and Jezebel.

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