The Mothers by Brit Bennett audiobook

The Mothers: A Novel

By Brit Bennett
Read by Adenrele Ojo

Penguin Audio 9780399184512
9.92 Hours 1
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  “Bittersweet, sexy, morally fraught.” –The New York Times Book Review "Fantastic… a book that feels alive on the page." –The Washington Post From the New York-Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Half, the beloved novel about young love and a big secret in a small community.  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.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Bestseller

O Magazine Pick of 25 Books Every Woman Should Read in Her Lifetime

A New York Times Editor’s Choice

An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2016

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

An Elle Magazine Pick for Best Books of 2016

A Vogue Best Book of 2016

An NPR Best Book of 2016

A People Pick of the Week

A BuzzFeed Books Pick of 21 Books to Read This Fall

A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2016

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for October 2016

An October 2016 LibraryReads Pick

A BookPage Top Pick for October 2016

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  “Bittersweet, sexy, morally fraught.” –The New York Times Book Review "Fantastic… a book that feels alive on the page." –The Washington Post From the New York-Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Half, the beloved novel about young love and a big secret in a small community.  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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[Bennett’s] storytelling does what all truly good fiction does: it draws you in and, on a universal level, connects with you and makes you think.” USA Today
“America needs more books like The Mothers, which quietly, but critically, deepens our appreciation of the black experience.” O, The Oprah Magazine
"Bennett’s hypnotic writing hooks you from the very beginning and never lets you go in this spinetingling study of destiny.” Essence
“A resoundingly magnetic and essential read.” Amazon.com
“Gracefully, Bennett explores beauty, gossip, friendship, and secrecy.” Huffington Post
“Bennett’s absorbing debut novel, set in Southern California’s black community, gets a sensitive narration by Adenrele Ojo…Ojo’s voice is smooth as honey and prickly as thistles when portraying the gossipy mothers…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“[A] powerful coming-of-age story…The mistakes made at seventeen will reverberate into the years that follow…[A] stunning tale.” BookPage

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Author

Author Bio: Brit Bennett

Author Bio: Brit Bennett

Brit Bennett was born and raised in Southern California and graduated from Stanford University. She later earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award in Graduate Short Fiction as well as the 2014 Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers. Her work is featured in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Paris Review, and Jezebel.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 9.92
Audience: Adult
Language: English