Published by Riverhead Books on October 11, 2016
Genres/Lists: Diverse, Fiction
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Following her mother’s suicide, Nadia Turner is hurting. At 17, she has good grades and is filled with dreams and ambitions, but she also harbors a hole in her heart that she fills with rebellious acts. So when Luke Sheppard, an older boy and son of the local pastor, shows interest and compassion, they ensconce themselves in a world of their own making. But young love rarely lasts and an unintended pregnancy leads to decisions that will haunt them for the rest of their lives.
Choices are rarely a singular event – they have consequences for each and every person involved. Oftentimes, these impacts are obvious, but frequently they are subtle, bubbling under the surface and manifesting in a variety of ways. The Mothers is about the cascading effects of one such decision.View Spoiler »It likely comes as no surprise that this is a book that touches on abortion. I won’t delve into whether there was or wasn’t one, but I will say this: This isn’t a book about whether or not abortion is ethical or moral or should be legal, it’s about the possibilities that one abortion could have on those involved. It raises questions about personal choice, paternal rights, and who should be involved in the decision-making process. How does it impact others? How can it affect your future choices, both that you’re aware of and more subtly? How does it impact the men involved? These are difficult subjects to navigate, especially if the goal is to set aside moral assertions, and Bennett does an excellent job. « Hide Spoiler
One of the best things about this book was Bennett’s ability to shift my sympathies from character to character. Small details revealed and realized created temporary and permanent sympathies and hatreds that I did not expect. Combined with her palpable descriptions reminiscent of The Nest and The Girls (I sense a trend in titles….) the overall effect is mesmerizing. For example:
The Mothers by Brit Bennett is a stunning book told through the point of view of the older women at church, known colloquially as The Mothers. The reality, though, is that the mothers represent so much more: Nadia’s own mother, being a mother, wanting to be a mother, regretting not being a mother, having a mother, being cast off by a mother, and finding a mother. It’s about fathers and daughters and the loneliness that persists following the loss of a mother. It’s about marriage and secrets and first loves and lost loves, not only of the romantic kind. But it’s also about choices and how one choice, seemingly benign at the time, can reverberate for years.
Recommended for: Fans of literary writing and difficult subjects that cast aside judgment.Brit Bennett mesmerizes in her judgment-free portrayal of difficult subjects in #TheMothers. Click To Tweet