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The Mothers: A Novel por Brit Bennett
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The Mothers: A Novel (edição 2017)

por Brit Bennett (Autor)

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"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"--… (mais)
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Título:The Mothers: A Novel
Autores:Brit Bennett (Autor)
Informação:Riverhead Books (2017), Edition: Reprint, 288 pages
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Avaliação:***1/2
Etiquetas:mim

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Pandemic read. Been wanting to read this ever since I read The Vanishing Half, and then a bit later listened to a session with Ms Bennett at an online literary festival early in the pandemic. Really liked everything about this, except the abruptness of the ending. ( )
  bookczuk | Apr 13, 2021 |
Wow. Love books that take you through the life of someone. Hated the ending or it definitely would be an 5 rating. I loved the "realness" of the characters. To me, it has nothing to do with skin color. It's people and how they react to situations. I do appreciate that the characters did have situations that were a bit difficult because of their race, but they were dealing with things that we all deal with, regardless of race. ( )
  purple_pisces22 | Mar 15, 2021 |
This book was so painfully real - the dilemmas of young adulthood, the tension of female friendships, the desire of romantic entanglements, the harsh glare of older women. Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey could all be real people and reading about their tragedies and triumphs really brought home the human element of this story. The power of community, in the form of the mothers - older, single women centered around the church - who watch and narrate pieces of the story, provides plenty of food for thought. Community influences all of the characters' actions and eventually causing cracks in the institutions so vital to the community itself. Overall, a striking novel from a talented writer. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Mar 5, 2021 |
This book deals with a lot of deep issues: parent and child relationships, suicide, religion, anti-abortion vs. prochoice, are some of the main points. It follows a small group and tells how they feel about everything. It's interesting and many will love it. I didn't connect with it as well as I would have liked to, but I did like it. As I said there are lots of topics, but the main one to me seemed to be the effects of abortion. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Feb 17, 2021 |


This book tackles an extremely sensitive and difficult subject. I did not expect the book to revolve around this incident the way that it did but I loved the way it did. The prose and imagery in the book is outstanding and the story was so heartfelt and true I could not put it down. There were times when I did have to stop and take a minute, but I think that is because it felt so very real and sad at times.

The story is told from varying points of view- the main characters and "the mothers" of the church at times. I think that was one of my favorite aspects of the story- the switching and the perspectives from a very cultural standpoint. Overall, despite the subject matter, I found this to be a phenomenal book.

I recivied a free copy of this book from NetGalley to read in exchange for my honest review. ( )
  sunshine608 | Feb 2, 2021 |
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"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"--

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