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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books; First Edition Limited Issue edition (October 11, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399184511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399184512
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The title is not exactly something that you’d look for. But beneath this bland and uninviting name lies a story that is poignant, captivating and simply un-put-downable. The Mothers by Brit Bennett turns out to be one of the most exciting books of the season, and debutant author Brit Bennett the toast of many readers. With her work featured in prestigious publications such as The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Jezebel, author Brit Bennett is here to stay and I’m looking forward to read more of her books in the years to come.

The Mothers is the story of seventeen years old Nadia Turner who is grieving the death of her mother. The pain is all the more acute as her mother didn’t die a natural death. She’d committed suicide. Set in Oceanside, CA, this is also the story of Luke, who is the son of the local church’s pastor. Then there is Aubrey Evans, with whom Nadia shares a common bond. They are both without mothers. But in Aubrey’s case, her mother didn’t die. She’s motherless because her mother chose to be. And the two girls also share one thing in common – Luke, with whom both fall in love at different point of time.

The Mothers by Brit Bennett is a deeply moving story which centres around this trio of teenagers and follow them till their mid-twenties - through high school, college and into adulthood. What makes the book really engaging is the difficult choices each have to make, and how it will shape their lives. The author crafted a brilliant story with nuanced characters, allowing delicate shades of meaning to be appreciated. It is a riveting, heart-wrenching and moving story about mothers, and motherhood with many readers likely to relate themselves to the situations and characters in the story.
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It’s never easy for me to be one of the lone dissenting voices 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 classic example of “the emperor has no clothes.”

The book focuses on three teens: Nadia, whose mother killed herself for unknown reasons, her boyfriend Luke, and her best friend Aubrey who is pious and estranged from her own mother. The title of the book is very apt, because this book deals with all kinds of mothers: mothers who left, mothers who were left, wannabe mothers, and a Greek chorus of older church-going mothers who judgmentally comment on the goings-on in the community.

The Greek chorus, using the third person “we”, has been used successfully by Jeffrey Eugenides in Virgin Suicides and in Joshua Ferris’ Then We Came to the End, among others. When used effectively – as it is here – it’s a powerful tool. And there’s no doubt that Brit Bennett can tell a good story.

The premise of that story is found in a blurb on her book jacket –“must we always live in servitude to the decisions of our youngest selves, and to the communities that have parented us.” To buy into that premise, as presented by Ms. Bennett, we must believe this: that an abortion, at age 17, is so extraordinarily emotionally traumatic that it overshadows future accomplishments and relationships and causes someone to act compulsively enough to betray a sister-of-the-heart and one’s own deeply-held values.

One example: here's Nadia, ruminating obsessively about the fetus she aborted. "Baby, no longer a baby, now a toddler, reaching and grabbing. Pulling at her earrings until she unhooks his chubby fingers. Baby hungry always for her face.
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I don't know how many good things I could say about The Mothers. It is hard to believe this is a first book for Brit Bennett as it is that good. It is such a good story, has a unique way of telling it, and so well written, Bennett seems like she has been writing for decades and has 7 bestsellers under her belt.

The story is centers around Nadia, who at age 17 has a relationship with Luke, the 21 year old son of the local preacher. Nadia falls hard for Luke and Luke for her. After a small bit, Nadia finds herself pregnant with Luke's baby and decides to have an abortion. Luke leaves her at the abortion clinic.

The story continues for years following Nadia and Luke. The story is filled with secrets, regret, hurt, and the ripples that continue to happen. Part of the story is told through the church mothers, who open most of the chapters with their gossip. They share their thoughts and feelings which are often judgmental and you can hear the *tsks* as they tell the story.

This isn't a book where much happens, but it is about the hurt that comes from lies and from regrets that we all have. Nadia and Luke make a mistake that will last decades into their lives. It is like a giant cloud that hangs over them and all their future relationships especially because Nadia made the choice without Luke's input. Luke also must recognize his choice has an impact on his parents and their ministry. They play a part in Luke's decisions as well.

This book has a lot of hype around it and it is completely true. I even went in with a small grumble that it won't be a book for me, but I became convinced only a few pages in. Bennett sets a great tone for the whole book and doesn't let up. I loved it so much, I read it in a day. Read this one.

I gave this one 5 stars.
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