Written By: Brit Bennett

Narrated By: Adenrele Ojo

Date: October 2016

Duration: 9 hours 55 minutes



“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.


  • Elizabeth H

    Ok book. Didn't wow me and like the other reviews have said, the ending was not that great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Latoya L.

    When frienships go awry...... We all have loved an ain't s*** man. 2 types of men in this world, men that are and men who ain't about s***. A girl nowadays got get up close to tell if her man ain't s*** and by then it may be too late. It's something to love somebody that can never love you back... it's kind of freeing in it's own way. Ain't nothing wrong with loving an ain't s*** man as long as you get it out of your system. " This book is my far one of the best books I've read this year. I'm beating myself up for overlooking it. Two friends Nadia and Audrey, go through some of the worst things, like molestation, and death of a mother. Nadia and Luke the pastor's son, messed around when they were young and got pregnant, not wanting to disappoint their family they had an abortion. Luke's parent's give him the money for the abortion, and his mom starts to treat Nadia bad. Aubrey came into the picture after her mother's boyfriend was molesting her, she left her mom's and went to live with her lesbian sister and mate. The girls became the best of friends, then Nadia goes off to college and lives a great life. While away Luke and Aubrey starts dating, later getting married. Time had flown by and they never told Aubrey that they had something between them. The story gets juicier......I'm not gonna tell you it all, go get you a copy and read this book. #book21of2019 #bookworm #whatsnext #highlyrecommended

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Teresa M.

    Good book, true depiction of like. Felt bad for the characters how an early life decision effected so many for the rest of their lives. Wish the author had had a better ending. Maybe this could lead to book 2?

  • Nadia A.

    One cliche after another.

  • Nadia Richards

    The book was good, but anticlimactic in the end. I needed more from the main character Nadia and more from the mothers.

  • Angelique Montgomery

    A good read. The author kept me wanting to know more... I'm still wanting more from the ending.

  • Alicia Allen

    Loved the book, hated the ending. The story deserved better.

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