The Mothers

The Mothers

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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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 things that ultimately haunt us most"-- Provided by publisher.
In a contemporary black community, seventeen-year-old Nadia Turner mourns the suicide of her mother, leading her to take up with the local pastor's son, but the resulting pregnancy and the subsequent cover-up will have an impact that goes far beyond their youth.
Publisher: New York :, Riverhead Books,, 2016
ISBN: 9780399184536
0399184538
Characteristics: 1 online resource (278 pages)
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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VaughanPLUrszula Dec 04, 2017

This depiction of how the lives of three people intersect and the repercussions of an abortion on the greater community is sparse, yet extremely well executed. A great choice for a book club, as there is much to decipher and discuss.

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KatG1983
Oct 25, 2017

The Mothers follows the lives of three young people, how their relationships interact over time, and how their actions change each other's lives. The Greek Chorus of Church Ladies overseeing the decades long tale provide an all-knowing/all-seeing narrative trail. The story covers the topics of love, family and the consequences of our actions over time. I really enjoyed it, and would definitely recommend.

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MrsSarahGrace
Jul 27, 2017

I grabbed this book because it was suggested by one of my favorite bloggers, and she described it as one of the most anticipated books of the year. I realized after I started reading that I had heard the author interviewed on NPR. The book follows the lives of three characters and many of the tragic occurences they have endured, from a mother's suicide to a mother ignoring her own child's sexual abuse, but most of the plot focuses on an abortion that happens in the very beginning of the book. What I liked best was the switch in POV, shedding light on why a certain character did what he/she did and why. Getting into each character's mind helped the reader fully understand that character's action even if the other characters couldn't. I didn't really love or hate the narration of "the mothers" throughout the book. It might have been a bit distracting, but it did provide an importance to the writing, making it seem classic, reminding me of the witches in Macbeth. I look forward to more from this new and young author.

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abbi_g
Jul 08, 2017

"She might have gone her whole life not knowing, thinking that she was enjoying a feast when she had actually been picking at another's crumbs."

I first came across The Mothers on Instagram; and after that, book clubs seemed to be buzzing about how good it is. Then they put it on display at my local library, so I decided to borrow it; and I'm so glad that I did. I really enjoyed the story. It kept me engaged and the storyline wasn't at all cheesy.

Kudos to Brit Bennett for penning a great debut novel!

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Sansha
Jul 05, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. I love books about family and relationships. How we are always looking for answers when parents leave. How our past will often haunt us well into our future. I loved the main character, Nadia. She was flawed but also had great strength and determination.

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brangwinn
May 27, 2017

If I spend time thinking about the characters after I’ve read the book, it has made an impact on me. The Mothers did just that. As “the mothers” of the church watched the pastor’s family and members of the church, a lot was seen, but much was missed. As elderly women they’d seen a lot of living and death. Their observations as they watched the pastor’s son, a young girl grow up after having her mother commit suicide and a young girl abandoned by her mother, they reflect back on their lives. Told from the perspectives of the young people and well as the mothers, the church becomes a living place providing solace for some and confusion for others.

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EmilyEm
Apr 30, 2017

There’s lots of ‘mothering’ in Bennett’s coming-of-age story set in Oceanside, CA, with a triangle of teenagers facing myriad issues.

The book’s narrative voice comes from a group of churchwomen, elders who have seen it all and give their opinions freely among themselves. A brilliant plot device. It was interesting to enter these people’s lives for a while, so different from my own experiences. I had a hard time identifying with any of them, but I applaud this debut effort. Well done.

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heidijoemonty
Mar 19, 2017

I couldn't put this book down. It was so beautifully written and the story was gut wrenching (in a good way!) What a beautiful story about love, friendship, tough choices and forgiveness.

AL_ANDREW Mar 09, 2017

A beautifully written tale that tackles the complexities of friendship, love, loyalty, and family. The characters have great depth, and each page brings a new tidbit of intrigue that is sure to make the book read in one sitting.

JCLMELODYK Feb 10, 2017

This book has received a lot of buzz but I was not a big fan. Might be a good book club read.

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DBRL_LaurenW Oct 24, 2017

"Oh girl, we have known that littlebit love. That littlebit of honey left in an empty jar that traps the sweetness in your mouth long enough to mask your hunger. We run tongues over teeth to savor that last littlebit as long as we could, and in all our living, nothing has starved us more."

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