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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brit Bennett Narrator: Adenrele Ojo Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2016 ISBN: 9780735288263
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 
NBCC John Leonard First Novel Prize Finalist

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction Finalist
New York Public Library Young Lions Award Finalist
An NPR Best Book of 2016
An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2016
A Vogue Magazine Best Book of the Year
A Goodreads Choice Award Finalist
One of Elle.com's Best Books of the Year

"Ferociously moving … despite Bennett’s thrumming plot, despite the snap of her pacing, it’s the always deepening complexity of her characters that provides the book’s urgency." –The New York Times Book Review


"Luminous… engrossing and poignant, this is one not to miss." –People, Pick of the Week 

"Fantastic… a book that feels alive on the page." –The Washington Post

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, 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.

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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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 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
  • Brit Bennett’s The Mothers is an 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 of The Fishermen
  • “[Bennett’s] storytelling does what all truly good fiction does: it draws you in and, on a universal level, connects with you and makes you think.”

    USA Today

  • “America needs more books like The Mothers, which quietly, but critically, deepens our appreciation of the black experience.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Brit Bennett is so bracingly talented on the page. . . [The Mothers is] astute and absorbing and urgent. Jezebel
  • "Bennett’s hypnotic writing hooks you from the very beginning and never lets you go in this spinetingling study of destiny.”

    Essence

  • “A resoundingly magnetic and essential read.”

    Amazon.com

  • “Gracefully, Bennett explores beauty, gossip, friendship, and secrecy.”

    Huffington Post

  • “Bennett’s absorbing debut novel, set in Southern California’s black community, gets a sensitive narration by Adenrele Ojo…Ojo’s voice is smooth as honey and prickly as thistles when portraying the gossipy mothers…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “[A] powerful coming-of-age story…The mistakes made at seventeen will reverberate into the years that follow…[A] stunning tale.”

    BookPage

  • “This book is something special: sage and sad and spectacular. This is a book about how the choices you make, and those made for you, shape the lovely, hopeful tragedy of your life.  Bookriot
  • “A wise and sad coming-of-age story showing how people are shaped by their losses.  Kirkus 
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2016
  • A BookPage Top Pick for October 2016
  • A Vogue Best Book of 2016
  • An Elle Magazine Pick for Best Books of 2016
  • A People Pick of the Week
  • An NPR Best Book of 2016
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A BuzzFeed Books Pick of 21 Books to Read This Fall
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for October 2016
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2016
  • An October 2016 LibraryReads Pick
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About the Author

Brit Bennett was born and raised in Southern California and graduated from Stanford University. She 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.

About the Narrator

Adenrele Ojo is an actress, dancer, and audiobook narrator. She made her onscreen debut in My Little Girl, starring Jennifer Lopez, and has since starred in several other films. She has also performed extensively with the Philadelphia Dance Company. She works as the general manager of Tupu Kweli Theatre Company in New York, which is under the artistic direction of Curtiss Cook.