Normal view MARC view ISBD view

The mothers : a novel / Brit Bennett.

By: Bennett, Brit [author.].
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2016Description: 278 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780399184529 :; 039918452X :.Subject(s): African American teenagers -- Fiction | Teenage pregnancy -- Fiction | Triangles (Interpersonal relations) -- Fiction | Choice (Psychology) -- Fiction | California, Southern -- Fiction | Coming of age -- FictionGenre/Form: Bildungsromans. | Bildungsromans. | Bildungsromans. | Psychological fiction. | Bildungsromans.DDC classification: 813/.6 LOC classification: PS3602.E66444 | M68 2016Summary: "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, 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Tags from this library: No tags from this library for this title. Log in to add tags.
    Average rating: 0.0 (0 votes)
Item type Current location Collection Call number Status Date due Barcode Item holds
Book Book Cavalry Hill Branch
Adult fiction
Adult fiction F BEN (Browse shelf) Available 31562017029481
Book Book Cavalry Hill Branch
Adult fiction
Adult fiction F BEN (Browse shelf) Available 31562017029432
Book Book Downtown Branch
Adult fiction
Adult fiction F BEN (Browse shelf) Available 31562017029424
Book Book Showers Branch
Adult fiction
Adult fiction F BEN (Browse shelf) Available 31562017029465
Book Book Showers Branch
Adult fiction
Adult fiction F BEN (Browse shelf) Available 31562017029457
Book Book Triana Branch
Adult fiction
Adult fiction F BEN (Browse shelf) Available 31562017029473
Total holds: 0

"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, 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"-- Provided by publisher.

There are no comments for this item.

Log in to your account to post a comment.

Other editions of this work

The mothers : by Bennett, Brit, ©2016
The mothers by Bennett, Brit. ©2016
The mothers : by Bennett, Brit, ©2016
The mothers by Bennett, Brit, ©2016
The mothers by Bennett, Brit. ©2016

915 Monroe Street, Huntsville, AL 35801 | Phone: (256) 532-5940 | Circulation & Renewals: (256) 532-5984 | Contact the Library | Privacy Policy

Powered by Koha