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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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    A. Fenrick Oakland, CA USA 10-27-16
    A. Fenrick Oakland, CA USA 10-27-16 Member Since 2013
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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

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amber 11-07-16
    Amber 11-07-16 Member Since 2017
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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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "love the narrator's voice"

    the narrator's voice makes the book. I listen to every book she narrates. I hope she does more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Russo 10-16-16
    J. Russo 10-16-16
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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!

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Dario Sartori Greenville, CA USA 12-27-16
    Dario Sartori Greenville, CA USA 12-27-16 Member Since 2013
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    "anti-choice propaganda"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    it should come it a warning. it is for the anti-choice public only...and one that heavily leans misogynistic at that


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

    no


    How could the performance have been better?

    by not implying the the life of a successful, well traveled female lawyer life would have been better if she stayed behind with her looser drunk boyfriend


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    no, no redeeming qualities. how can one prescribe the idea of dismissing academic and career success that elevates one above their conditions. horrible message for girls. that hard work ans success will not give you happiness... only babies can do that. ouch!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I kept listening the book thinking, that the story would turn around, surely... it did not.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Archer 07-31-17
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    "meh"

    interesting and engaging story. but felt it was emotionally manipulative and had an anti-choice agenda.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley D. 06-30-17
    Ashley D. 06-30-17
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    "Timeless"

    So many layers to this novel. The characters are relatable; both sympathetic and flawed. Couldn't stop listening!

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    Jennifer James 06-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Beautifully written, but pro-life bent"

    While I very much enjoyed the beautiful prose and the excellent character development, I was somewhat annoyed by the very clear pro-life slant the book took. Otherwise, I would recommend it and loved the way that the relationships between the characters intertwined and the sage advice on romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sidni 03-28-17
    Sidni 03-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Not what I was looking for"

    The book is well written and definitely well read, but I disliked the story. It has such sad or hurtful moments, which can still be ok in certain books, but the characters also aren't endearing enough to make me like them. I found myself annoyed with them and their actions through most of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Helen 03-04-17
    Helen 03-04-17
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    "Good book, but I didn't like the narrator"

    A very interesting story about motherhood, growing up, and personal relationships. I almost stopped listening, however because I found the narrator's voice to be very irritating. I think I would've liked the book more if I had read it rather than listened to it, or if there had been a different narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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