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Let's discuss THE MOTHERS by Britt Bennett
A wonderful first novel. The chapters alternate between a chorus of church mothers who speak in the collective "we" and comment on the story. They predict; they contradict; they lament; they warn; and occasionally they sympathize. They are a wonderful group and one can enjoy their company. Interspersed with this collective commentary are the voices of three individual characters. Seventeen-year-old Nadia Turner is our heroine. We find her unmothered as her mother has committed suicide with no note of explanation; her father is grieving and cannot fill the parenting hole. Nadia is pretty and popular. She is a high school senior who has won a scholarship to the University of Michigan. However, she is also unexpectedly pregnant by Luke, a former college football star (whose career ended with a sports injury). He is the local pastor's son and another character we follow. Nadia's decision not to be a mother and to terminate the pregnancy is complicated and difficult. We also trace the coming-of-age journeys of one other teenager -- Lubrey, Nadia's best friend who is the opposite of Nadia in many ways -- pious, plain and family-centered. The setting is a socially conservative black Christian community. After the abortion, Nadia escapes to college and moves on with her life, but the people in her home town stay in the same place. When she returns after a number of years because of a family emergency, she confronts some of the issues she left behind. Reviews of the book have been uniformly complimentary and positive. Mira Jacobs of the New York Times says, "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."

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