The Mothers. Brit Bennett.
The Mothers
The Mothers
The Mothers
The Mothers
The Mothers
The Mothers
The Mothers
The Mothers
The Mothers

The Mothers

New York: Riverhead Books, 2016. Hardcover; 278 numbered pages, 8vo, blue spine and teal paper boards, gilt lettering on the spine authors initials in gilt on cover, white endpapers, pictorial $26.00 priced unclipped dust jacket. Book design by Meighan Cavanaugh, jacket design by Rachel Willey

First Edition | First Printing; with full number line on the copyright page

Flat signed in black ink by Britt Bennett on the title page

BOOK CONDITION: FINE; as new | JACKET CONDITION: FINE; as new.

NOTES: 108,000 copies in the first print run, named to the National Book Foundation "5 under 35" list of promising debut novelists, The Mothers is her first novel


Book quotes: “Grief was not a line, carrying you infinitely further from loss. You never knew when you would be sling-shot backward into its grip. —” | “The weight of what has been lost is always heavier than what remains.” | “Reckless white boys became politicians and bankers, reckless black boys became dead.”


About the book:


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


About the author:


Brit Bennett is an American writer based in Los Angelos. Her debut novel The Mothers was a New York Times best-seller. Brit was raised in Southern California and received an undergraduate degree in English from Stanford University. She later attended the University of Michigan for her M.F.A, where she also studied at Oxford.


Brit's writing career first took off while she was completing her M.F.A . at Michigan, when her 2014 essay for Jezebel, "I Don't Know What to Do With Good White People," gained considerable attention when it generated over one million views in 3 days. While at Michigan, she also won a Hopwood Award in Graduate Short Fiction as well as the 2014 Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers.

She has since published other notable nonfiction essays, including a history of black dolls called "Addy Walker, American Girl" for the Paris Review, as well as a review of the Ta-Nehisi Coates book "Between the World and Me" for The New Yorker. Vogue said Bennett's nonfiction essays, "recall Ta-Nehisi Coates [with] a similar ability to contextualize the present moment in a bigoted past."

In 2016, Riverhead Books published her debut novel, The Mothers, to much critical acclaim. The New York Times said The Mothers is "shaping up to be one of the fall’s biggest literary debuts, with an initial printing of 108,000 copies and starred reviews in Booklist, Library Journal and Publishers Weekly." Bennett was been named to the National Book Foundation "5 under 35" list of promising debut novelists


In March 2017 it was reported that The Mothers had been tapped by Warner Bros. for a film adaptation, with Kerry Washington as a producer




**Information gathered from places such as Wikipedia and GoodReads.**
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ISBN: 9780399184512

Price: $65.00

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