Literary Fiction

The Mothers

We’re happy to support debut authors, including Brit Bennett with The Mothers.

by Brit Bennett

Quick take

Brit Bennett's words have the kind of warmth and familiarity as though the novel was a secret being told by your closest friend.

Why I love it

How do I start to describe The Mothers? Visceral? Riveting? Heart-wrenching? In the end this novel is all three and then some. The Mothers opens with a chorus of a collective female voice that divulges the tragic history of beautiful Nadia Turner. Years ago, her mother, Elise, committed suicide just moments after leaving their church, and now both Nadia and her father are left to deal with Elise's...

Member thoughts

56% Love
39% Like
4% Dislike
  • Jacob O.

    Omaha, NE

    "A very real snapshot of the naiviety of teenagers and the process of moving down the bumpy road from adolescence to adulthood."

  • Liza h.

    New York, NY

    "I loved this book so much. Really enjoyed Britt Bennett's writing style. Hope to read more from her in the future!"

  • Katy Beth C.

    Takoma Park, MD

    "THIS is how you write flawed characters! I was empathetic towards everyone."

  • Chelsea S.

    Naperville, IL

    "Vivid characters exploring the impact of one choice throughout their adulthood."

  • Karin N.

    Chicago, IL

    "The relationships in this story--familial, romantic, and platonic--all felt so vibrant and sharp, and you can contemplate their actions and feelings from so many angles. So beautiful."

  • Colleen K.

    Iowa City, IA

    "Bennet writes beautifully of the passions, hopes, fears, and mistakes of her teenaged characters as they grow up, even without the titular "mothers" to guide them. "

  • Julie M.

    Golden Valley, MN

    "Wonderful read. Can't wait for my book group to read and discuss it."

  • Susan C.

    LaGrange, GA

    "One of the best books I've read."

  • Megan B.

    Saint Louis, MO

    "I read another review where someone said it was important to tell African-American (and other POC) stories that DON'T directly involve race or slavery. Amen! Great read."

  • Emily W.

    Oakland Park, FL

    "Really fell in love with the characters "

  • Emily B.

    McKinney , TX

    "I resisted this read because of all the hype, but it is so worthy!"