The Mothers

The Mothers 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 SecretAll 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 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. i saw a comment the other day on a friend s review that was both amusing and gallingDammit I can t trust the reviews of people who were given the item for free Believe it or not, you re predisposed to like the product.so before i get to the review part, let me just say that yes, i did get this book for free, but that didn t predispose me to like the product as i shudder at the word product being used to describe a book yes, i am beyond grateful that i was given the opportunity to read i saw a comment the other day on a friend s review that was both amusing and gallingDammit I can t trust the reviews of people who were given the item for free Believe it or not, you re predi
The Mothers is an outstanding, engaging debut novel The story follows two teenagers, Nadia and Luke, who fall in love as teenagers and how they come together and fall apart over the years This is also a novel about a community and a church community and a friendship between Nadia and her best friend Aubrey, and the sorrows of motherless girls I loved the voice and the storytelling and how Bennett is able to hold the story she wants to tell together over the course of a decade The one part of The Mothers is an outstanding, engaging debut novel The story follows two teenagers, Nadia and Luke, who fall in love as teenagers and how they come together and fall apart over the years This is also a novel about a community and a church community and a friendship between Nadia and her best friend Aubrey, and the sorrows of motherless girls I loved the voice and the storytelling and how Benn
A girl nowadays has to get nice and close to tell if her man ain t shit and by then it might be too late We were girls once It s exciting, loving someone who can never love you back Freeing, in its own way No shame in loving an aint shit man, long as you get it out of your system good and early A tragic woman hooks into an aint shit man, or worse, lets him hook into her He will drag her until he tires He will climb atop her shoulders and her body will sag from the weight of loving him A girl nowadays has to get nice and close to tell if her man ain t shit and by then it might be too late We were girls once It s exciting, loving someone who can never love you back Freeing, in its own way No shame in loving an aint shit man, long as you get it out of your system good and early A tragic woman hooks into an aint shit m
I don t even know what to say about this book It made me feel all the things It s about three people Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey but mostly Nadia It s about how our choices affect us, and how our secrets can define us if we let them It s about growing up in a tight knit community, and the pressures and the judgements that can go along with that It s about how grief and pain mess us up and what can happen when we try to leave it behind The Mothers is my favourite kind of book a story about peop I don t even know what to say about this book It made me feel all the things It
It s never easy for me to be the lone dissenting voice in a chorus of muchrespected reviewers who have lauded The Mothers as one of the finest books of 2016 Yet for me, this debut novel is a classic example of the emperor has no clothes The book focuses on three teens Nadia, whose mother killed herself for unknown reasons, her boyfriend Luke, and her best friend Aubrey who is pious and estranged from her own mother The title of the book is very apt, because this book deals with all k It s never easy for me to be the lone dissenting voice in a chorus of muchrespected reviewers who h
I d rate this between 4 and 4.5 stars, closer to the latter.There s an incredible sense of longing that pervades Brit Bennett s terrifically compelling debut novel, The Mothers There s longing for love of all kinds maternal, romantic, even the love of good friends a longing for answers, a longing to find one s place in the world, and a longing for truth But getting what you think you want doesn t always make things turn out right.Nadia Turner is smart, destined for a future far better than h I d rate this between 4 and 4.5 stars, closer to the latter.There s an incredible sense of longing that pervades Brit Bennett s terrifically compelling debut novel, The Mothers There s longing for lov
Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend Nadia Turner is introduced to unimaginable grief as a teenager None of the vices she turns to as coping mechanisms have any real consequence, until her dalliance with the pastor s son, Luke Sheppard, forces her to make a difficult decision The byproduct of their liaison is something Nadia keeps to herself, even withholding it from her best friend, Aubrey Evans But the secret follows Nadia into adulthood, Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend Nadia Turner is introduced to unimaginable grief as a teenager None of the vices s
The entwined lives of three teens in an African American community in Southern, California Nadia, whose mother recently committed suicide and Aubrey, whose mother has chosen her boyfriend over her, and Luke, the pastor s son Personal demons, young love, and growing up to find you still long for that which you left behind A decision impossible to take back but that will fill Nadia with regret. the Upper Room chapel and the Mothers, those older church ladies, who seem to see and know everythin The entwined lives of three teens in an African American community in Southern, California Nadia, whose mother recently committed suicide and Aubrey, whose mother has chosen her boyfriend over her, and Luke, the pastor s son Personal demons, young love, and growing up to find you still long for that which you left behind A decision impossible to take back but that will fill Nadia with regret. the Upper Room chapel and the Mothers, those older church ladies, who seem to see and know everything Gossip and opinions, they and Nadia are our narrators.I belong to a subscription servi
I can see why this novel is getting buzz 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 unriped secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season But we didn t We shared this secret, a secret that began the spring Nadia Turner got knocked up by the pastor s son and went to the abortion clinic downtown to take care of it She was seventeen then She lived with I can see why this novel is getting buzz 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 unriped secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season But we didn t We shared this secret, a secret that began the spring Nadia Turner got knocked up by the pastor s son and went to the abortion clinic downtown to take care of it She was seventeen then She lived with her father, a Marine, and without her mother, who had killed herself six months earlier Since then, the girl had earned a reputation she was young and scared and trying to hide her scared in her prettiness Nadia is a bright African American an excellent studentheading off to Northwestern Univ
Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old girl She recently lost her mother to suicide Not a spoiler and is completely grief stricken She is a beautiful, super smart girl who is fast tracked to college and a better life Then she starts slipping and seeing the Pastor s son You know they say those things about the preacher s kid for a reason don t you Preacher s kid Lucas is the All American kid Former football star that got hurt that is now living with Mommy and Daddy working at a restaurant H Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old girl She recently lost her mother to suicide Not a spoiler and is completely grief stricken She is a beautiful, super smart girl who is fast tracked to college and a better life Then she starts slipping and seeing the Pastor s son You know they say those things about the preacher s kid for a reason don t you Preacher s kid Lucas is the All American kid Former football star that got hurt that is now living with Mommy and Daddy working at a restaurant He doesn t want anyone to know about their relationship Because well you know Things happen, they end up apart because of super secret secrets Nadia becomes best friends before she heads off to college with the most church going girl in town Then their stories all entwine I want to sayabout this book but I m afraid of going spoilery and will tape duct tape over my mouth But would totally love to discuss this one in spoilers in the comment section Sorta like the Church Mothers in this book discuss the goings on