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The mothers : a novel

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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." --

Available copies

  • 17 of 46 copies available at Westchester Library System.

Current holds

6 current holds with 46 total copies.

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Ardsley Public Library FICTION BENNETT (Text)
Fiction
31000151143313
Available
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Bedford Free Library FIC BEN (Text)
Fiction
31002150719648
Checked out
02/06/2021
Bedford Hills Free Library BENNETT (Text)
Fiction
31003151385991
Available
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Briarcliff Manor Public Library FICTION BENNETT (Text)
Fiction
31036150788344
Checked out
02/02/2021
Bronxville Public Library FICTION BENNETT (Text)
Fiction
31004151569709
Checked out
02/01/2021
Chappaqua Library FICTION BENNETT (Text)
Fiction
31005500404936
In transit
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Croton Free Library FICTION/BENNETT (Text)
Fiction
31006151578077
Available
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Croton Free Library PB FIC/BENNETT (Text)
Paperback
31006151639507
Checked out
01/26/2021
Dobbs Ferry Public Library BENNETT (Text)
Fiction
31007151274147
Available
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Eastchester Public Library FICTION BENNETT (Text)
Fiction
31008152183501
In transit
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