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The Mothers - A Novel

Brit Bennett

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "Ferociously moving … despite Bennett's thrumming plot, despite the snap of her pacing, it's the always deepening complexity of her characters that provides the book's urgency." -The New York Times Book Review "Luminous… engrossing and poignant, this is one not to miss." -People, Pick of the Week "Fantastic… a book that feels alive on the page." -The Washington Post 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 ex

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "Ferociously moving … despite Bennett's thrumming plot, despite the snap of her pacing, it's the always deepening complexity of her characters that provides the book's urgency." -The New York Times Book Review "Luminous… engrossing and poignant, this is one not to miss." -People, Pick of the Week "Fantastic… a book that feels alive on the page." -The Washington Post 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 ex
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "Ferociously moving … despite Bennett's thrumming plot, despite the snap of her pacing, it's the always deepening complexity of her characters that provides the book's urgency." -The New York Times Book Review "Luminous… engrossing and poignant, this is one not to miss." -People, Pick of the Week "Fantastic… a book that feels alive on the page." -The Washington Post 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 ex

Language:

English

Narrators:

Adenrele Ojo

Length:

9h 57m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:12


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:26


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:05


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:36


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:53


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:37


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:33


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:44


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

02:39


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:57


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:03


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:19


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:13


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:16


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:25


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:54


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:10


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:37


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:22


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:52


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:30


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:16


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:23


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:15


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:46


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:38


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:02


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:44


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:03


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:14


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:51


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:35


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:59


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:19


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:06


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:46


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:53


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:00


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:17


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:02


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:26


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:10


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:40


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:18


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:02


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:37


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:44


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:48


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:46


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:14


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:51


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:22


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:39


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:17


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:49


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:55


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:32


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:01


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:25


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:27


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:45


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:02


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:07


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:38


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:44


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:00


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:22


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:38


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:59


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:04


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:57


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:48


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:24


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:45


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:03


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:34


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:43


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:57


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:41


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:22


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:07


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:26


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:31


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:00


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:54


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:39


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:16


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:52


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:13


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:55


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:04


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:52


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:54


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

08:12


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:51


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:00


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

02:57


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:28


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:03


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:40


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:40


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:22


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:14


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:59


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:12


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:26


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:59


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:14


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:07


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:29


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

00:29