I am really trying to do better with my book reviews this year. I have every intention of reviewing the books that I read on the blog but then life gets in the way. My Goodreads Reading Challenge goal this year is to read thirty books. I’ve read 16 so far. I’m setting another goal to review
fifteen ten of the books I’ve read on the blog. ( Eeek no pressure right !)
The Mothers by Brit Bennett is a lean 288 pages. It’s set in Southern California and focuses on the lives of two small town teenage girls as they learn, love and lose their way to adulthood. Without giving away too much, family planning, suicide and infidelity are some of the themes addressed.
The “mothers” in the title could arguably have more than one meaning but the obvious reference will be the elder women in the church who play a big part in the lives of the young women and their community. These women act as the the narrators/Greek chorus throughout the book, and their anecdotes had me laughing out loud at times and sighing with a deep understanding at others.
This was Brit Bennet’s first novel. According to the internet (here) Warner Bros. has optioned the novel and Kerry Washington has signed on to produce it so kudos to Brit!
If you’ve read this one I’d love to hear your thoughts.