The Mothers a Novel by Brit Bennett is one of the best written books I have read in a long time – maybe ever. I would place it among the ranks of The Secret Life of Bees. If you enjoy this book as much as I did – it will stay in your mind after the last chapter closes.
Thought provoking topics provide the foundation of the story which also has unexpected twists and secrets that unravel slowly. Brit Bennett didn’t take the easy way out by writing in detail about the milestones a reader would expect, which makes this novel so interesting.
The following questions are intended for book discussion and may contain spoilers:
1 – Why is this book titled The Mothers?
2 – Why didn’t Mr. Turner keep Nadia closer after her mother’s death?
3- Why wasn’t Mrs. Sheppard more compassionate towards Nadia?
4- Both Pastor Sheppard and Mr. Turner dedicated lots of time to the church. Is it good to serve the community as an example for children or bad to take time away from raising them?
5- How were Luke and Nadia affected by their decision ?
6- When Aubrey first started visiting Luke, why didn’t Nadia tell Aubrey about their past? Would you have told your friend if she started dating your ex?
7- Why didn’t Luke tell Aubrey that he used to date Nadia?
8- Why does Luke treat Aubrey better (in the beginning of their relationship) than he treated Nadia ?
9-What made Nadia & Aubrey’s friendship last after the day at the beach when Nadia admits to hooking up with Luke in high school?
10 – Nadia imagines what her mother’s life would have been without her. Do you think Nadia gets married and/or raises a child one day?
11- Why did Aubrey desperately want to be a mother?
12 – Should Luke and Nadia have ended up together?
After reading this novel, I wanted to learn more about Brit Bennett. Through various magazine articles, I found that she grew up in Oceanside, California where the novel takes place and like Nadia, also went to college at the University of Michigan.The Mothers is her very first novel and she was 27 years old when the book was published in 2016. It is inspiring to see a young black woman author with so much talent and I look forward to reading more of her work.