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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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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The twenty-first century answer to Toni Morrison’s Sula…Displays the same complexity in its portrayal of a pair of girlfriends as they grow together and then apart in a tight-knit African American community.


  • “[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

  • The Mothers is not your typical coming-of-age novel: It begins with Nadia’s abortion, an experience often absent from our culture’s stories, and goes on to look at how women step in to nurture—and sometimes betray—one another.”


  • "Bennett’s hypnotic writing hooks you from the very beginning and never lets you go in this spinetingling study of destiny.”


  • “A resoundingly magnetic and essential read.”


  • “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.”


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


  • “This is a book about how the choices you make, and those made for you, shape the lovely, hopeful tragedy of your life.”


  • “A wise and sad coming-of-age story showing how people are shaped by their losses.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • An October 2016 LibraryReads Pick
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2016
  • A BookPage Top Pick for October 2016
  • 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
  • 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
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