The Resource The Mothers

The Mothers

Label
The Mothers
Title
The Mothers
Statement of responsibility
Brit Bennett
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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 From the Hardcover edition
Summary
"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"--
Theme
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
  • LibraryReads Favorites, 2016
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2016
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10515889
Cataloging source
IDEBK
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bennett, Brit
Dewey number
813
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3602.E66444
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • African American teenagers
  • Teenage pregnancy
  • Triangles (Interpersonal relations)
  • Choice (Psychology)
  • California, Southern
Target audience
adult
Label
The Mothers
Link
http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=285&titleID=2582484
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
ocn959609360
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780399184536
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
  • 957170
  • 41B5C605-D2D3-4D58-AA02-15B8E5560BC8
System control number
(OCoLC)959609360
Label
The Mothers
Link
http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=285&titleID=2582484
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
ocn959609360
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780399184536
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
  • 957170
  • 41B5C605-D2D3-4D58-AA02-15B8E5560BC8
System control number
(OCoLC)959609360

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