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The Mothers Audiobook

The Mothers: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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, 17-year-old beauty. Mourning her own mother's recent suicide, she takes up with the local pastor's son. Luke Sheppard is 21, 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.

©2016 Brit Bennett (P)2016 Penguin Audio

What the Critics Say

"Brit Bennett is the real thing. The Mothers is a stellar novel - moving, thoughtful. Stunning. I couldn't put it down. I'm so excited to have this brilliant new voice in the world." (Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming and Another Brooklyn)

"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)

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

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  • Faye Steele
    15/11/16
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    "Sequel?"

    Narrator excellent. Loved the story ending made me want more. Being set in San Diego but appeared to have such a southern flair made it even more interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amber
    07/11/16
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    "Lacks understanding, depth and compassion"
    Would you try another book from Brit Bennett and/or Adenrele Ojo?

    I would absolutely not try another book by the author.


    Has The Mothers turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reading was fine.


    Any additional comments?

    This book failed to capture any real nuance, understanding or compassion for the main character. There are already enough voices projecting onto women how they feel or ought to feel about abortion, especially by people who have never faced the decision themselves. Unfortunately now there is one more. The writing wasn't anything special. Lots of attempts at illuminating analogies that fell flat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne
    Bartlett, IL
    05/11/16
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    "Great book!"

    This is an excellent book. The story is extremely well written and delivered. I can't wait for more of her books! The audio narration is one of the best I've heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christina B
    SoCal
    03/11/16
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    "Preachy with an Agenda"
    What disappointed you about The Mothers?

    I really thought I would like this book, but I couldn't get past the anti-abortion tone that is really strong throughout the story. I am definitely not pro-abortion, but I felt like the book was trying to teach a lesson that abortion will only bring tragedy and fall out to the woman and everyone in her life. I know that's over simplifying and I don't mean to sound myopic, but I feel strongly this book had an agenda and was almost condemning those women who find themselves in similar positions as Nadia. I didn't sense any compassion from the author or the characters toward Nadia, whose mother had committed suicide and whose father was lost in his grief. She was in a vulnerable position and yet she was condemned throughout. Too preachy for my taste.


    Has The Mothers turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Have you listened to any of Adenrele Ojo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amy Lawson
    03/11/16
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    "The Mothers"
    Would you listen to The Mothers again? Why?

    I loved this amazing coming-of-age story and will definitely read this author again. Loved!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character!


    What about Adenrele Ojo’s performance did you like?

    Outstanding


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Coming of age story and the struggle of women


    Any additional comments?

    I loved

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A. Fenrick
    Oakland, CA USA
    27/10/16
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    "Preachy Cautionary Tale about Abortion"

    While the story was engaging enough, ultimately it was too preachy for me. The chapters start with church mothers talking but honestly those sections detracted rather than added to the story. The characters weren't really believable to me. I didn't care for the way the reader over enunciated words. In sum, I just didn't like this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. Russo
    16/10/16
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    "Terrible"

    This is one of the worst books I've read in a very long time. Reading it is like watching an episode of a very bad teen tv series. And to make things worse, the narrator reads like a robot. A total disappointment!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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