– A signed first edition of The Mothers
in a custom slipcase exclusive to Indiespensable
– A collectible booklet featuring the Powells.com interview and Indiespensable Q&A with Brit Bennett
– Other surprises!
A frequent contributor to The New Yorker
, The New York Times Magazine
, New Republic
, and The Paris Review
, Brit Bennett has never shied away from asking and answering the difficult questions when it comes to race. Her debut novel, The Mothers
, is just as bold in its depiction of abortion. But the story doesn’t end with this polarizing topic – it begins with it, and each page gradually reveals the tangled lives and fates of three teenagers in a black Southern California community: Nadia Turner, an ambitious and rebellious teen; Luke, the local pastor’s son; and Aubrey, Nadia’s timid friend. Narrated by "the Mothers," a chorus of elder parishioners of Upper Room Chapel, the story follows Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey from age 17 into their mid-20s. Bennett’s unflinching honesty in portraying these flawed characters (including the mothers) is something to be treasured. The Mothers
is a beautifully reflective work about the decisions we make in our youth and their reverberations in our lives and throughout our community. It is with much enthusiasm that we announce The Mothers
as our pick for Indiespensable Volume 62.
"This book is something special: sage and sad and spectacular." — Book Riot
"Brit Bennett is so bracingly talented on the page...[The Mothers
is] astute and absorbing and urgent." — Jezebel
is an engaging and assured debut novel of depth, and introspective power." — Chigozie Obioma, author of The Fishermen