The Mothers – Britt Bennette

“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.”

The Mothers is a novel 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 mothers, community, love, and ambition.

The Mothers are a group of old wise women at the Upper Room church, the church where Luke’s father is the pastor. They see it all. Know it all. The Mothers in their church pew eye when the pastor’s son (Luke) takes up Nadia Turner, whose mother killed herself. They watch as the drama unfold.

The book features three characters, Aubrey, Luke and Nadia. Following them from their teen years to adulthood. Nadia and Aubrey lost their mothers in different ways, and it affects their feelings about their own probable motherhood. The elderly “mothers” of the Upper Room,  watch the three young people knowing, that what is happening now has happened before and will happen again.

Putting it down was easier said than done. Without a doubt, I’d say this book has established itself as hoard worthy. Incredible. Books that show the desperate and shaky choices of the young and hurting always have a motivational factor. Brit Bennette did just that.

386 Pages – Read in January 2017