In The Mothers, we meet Nadia. In her 17 years on this earth, she has been a good student at school, decided she wants to go to law school, had boyfriends, survived the suicide of her mother, but she has never even left the country. When she finds out she is pregnant, her whole life is turned upside down. She had such high hopes for her future, but instead, she becomes angry and discontent with life as she now has some big choices to make. Then she meets Aubrey and they slowly become best friends. The Mothers follows Nadia and Aubrey throughout their lives and into adulthood where they must face the consequences of their actions when they were younger. This book is beautifully written in such easy and light prose. Even though the subject matter can be difficult at times, it is a delight to read the words on these pages. My favorite parts of this novel were the ones narrated by The Mothers, who are a gossipy group of women at the local church who see all, hear all, and know all. The collective we narration brings a unique and warm feeling to the story. I highly recommend this novel to those who love literary fiction!
"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, wemight 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"--