Published – October 11th 2016
Genre – Adult Fiction
Summary – 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.
Whenever I think about how to describe The Mothers, I seem to just say, “I love the book, I love the writing, I love the theme, I love the pretty cover, I love, I love, I love…”
So, here is my attempt to write an actual review that is more than “I love.” 🙂
I’m not sure if it was the spell Brit Bennett’s writing had me under, but I fell in love with the main character Nadia. She was so simple, but yet complex at the time time. (?)
When I recognized the theme of the mothers come up within the story I fell more in love with Brit as a writer. The way the different mothers were weaved throughout the story was incredible.
If I had to describe Brit’s writing in one word it would be: calming. I just felt so calm and at peace while in between the pages. She evokes emotion without making you feel anxious or nervous. While the situation(s) weren’t ideal, it is life. There wasn’t one high pressure and intense moment, but rather a choice that carries on throughout life.
The Mothers is Brit Bennett’s first novel but I can already tell you that I will automatically read the next one she publishes.
The last thing I’ll say is that there is a topic that is heavily debated. I think that no matter which side of the argument you are on, you’ll like this book. I didn’t feel as if the author was trying to win over a side, but just incorporate the topic within the book. But that is just my take…has anybody found any interview she has done where she talks about it?
I loved this book 🙂 I have a feeling it will be on my 2017 Best Novels wrap-up.
***There are talkings of making The Mothers into a movie! The Warner Bros have optioned the novel and Bennett would write the screenplay. Read the Hollywood Reporter article here.