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By Brit Bennett

NBCC John Leonard First Novel Prize Finalist

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction Finalist
New York Public Library younger Lions Award Finalist
An NPR top publication of 2016
An Entertainment Weekly Best ebook of 2016
A Vogue Magazine most sensible booklet of the Year
A Goodreads selection Award Finalist
One of's top Books of the Year

"Ferociously relocating … regardless of Bennett’s thrumming plot, regardless of the snap of her pacing, it’s the continuously deepening complexity of her characters that offers the book’s urgency." –The manhattan occasions publication Review

"Luminous… engrossing and poignant, this can be one to not miss." –People, Pick of the Week 

"Fantastic… a ebook that feels alive at the page." –The Washington Post

A superb debut novel from a thrilling new voice, The moms is a shocking tale approximately younger love, an incredible mystery in a small community—and the issues that finally hang-out us most.

Set inside of a latest black neighborhood in Southern California, Brit Bennett's enchanting first novel is an emotionally perceptive tale approximately neighborhood, love, and ambition. It starts off with a secret.

"All stable secrets and techniques have a style earlier than you inform them, and if we might taken a second to graceful this one round our mouths, we'd have spotted the sourness of an unripe mystery, plucked too quickly, stolen and handed round earlier than its season."

It is the final season of highschool existence for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken, seventeen-year-old good looks. Mourning her personal mother's contemporary suicide, she takes up with the neighborhood pastor's son. Luke Sheppard is twenty-one, a former soccer superstar whose harm has decreased him to ready tables at a diner. they're younger; it isn't severe. however the being pregnant that effects from this teenager romance—and the following cover-up—will have an effect that is going a long way past their formative years. As Nadia hides her mystery from everybody, together with Aubrey, her God-fearing ally, the years circulation fast. quickly, Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey are full-fledged adults and nonetheless residing in debt to the alternatives they made that one beach summer time, stuck in a love triangle they have to conscientiously maneuver, and dogged through the consistent, nagging query: What in the event that they had selected otherwise? the probabilities of the line no longer taken are a continuing haunt.

In entrancing, lyrical prose, The moms asks no matter if a "what if" may be extra robust than an event itself. If, as time passes, we should reside in servitude to the selections of our more youthful selves, to the groups that experience parented us, and to the choices we make that form our lives forever.

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