Recently author, Brit Bennett facilitated a workshop here in Miami that I was able to attend. To say it was an intellectually stimulating three days, is an understatement. Her book, THE MOTHERS (Riverhead) was one of HuffPost’s 2016 Top Beach Reads! So, here we are in 2017 beach season, and I’m happy to have one signed copy to giveaway! We’re thrilled to share that SCANDAL actress, Kerry Washington has purchased the film rights to THE MOTHERS and plans to bring it to theatres. Of course, we can’t wait!
In Brit Bennett’s novel, THE MOTHERS (Riverhead), at 17, Nadia Turner and Aubrey Evans worry about the usual teenage stuff: which Kanye West song to put on, which tight-fitting dress to wear out, which guys are worth their time, which childhood secrets are too taboo to reveal. Beneath the picture of cool youthfulness, each hides a secret, deep in her heart.
Nadia and Aubrey, two motherless girls living in a Southern California black community anchored by its Christian faith are at the heart of THE MOTHERS, which is narrated by a chorus of local church women. The Mothers shower praise on Aubrey, who throws herself into the community, committing to chastity promises and volunteering. But for Nadia, it’s much different when they learn, she has been sleeping with the pastor’s son.
THE MOTHERS follows Nadia and Aubrey through their years to womanhood. There’s a sense of loneliness and yearning for each as they navigate life, making choices and suffer the consequences of their decisions. Ultimately, THE MOTHERS is about love, giving and accepting.
Born and raised in Southern California, Brit Bennett graduated from Stanford University and later earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award in Graduate Short Fiction as well as the 2014 Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers. Her work is featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Jezebel.
To connect with Brit, check out her website http://www.britbennett.com
We have one signed copy of THE MOTHERS to giveaway. Just tell us something about your mother – preferably positive. 🙂 We’ll announce a winner after the July 4th holiday.