At a Glance
Author: Brit Bennet
Published: May 19, 2020 by Berkley
Goodreads Rating: 3.79 out of 5
My Rating: ★★★★
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Brit Bennett does it again. Or I guess she initially did it since this book technically came out before The Vanishing Half? Regardless Bennett is my new favorite author and is also now an auto-buy author for me. I honestly can’t believe that this was her debut novel, it was so well written.
Let’s start with the character development. There are four main characters and they alternate narrating the story. The seamless transition between all of the narrators is beautiful and while each has a defined voice, it’s not confusing to follow who’s speaking. Our POVs are Nadia, Aubrey, Luke, and The Mothers. The Mothers are the most interesting voice, as they’re a collection of thoughts, comments, and advice from the elder women of The Upper Room Church. Think of them as a Greek Chorus of sorts. They’re gossipy but also add an outside view into the triangle of our other main characters. I think that The Mothers POV really adds an extra layer to the story, which in turn makes it really stand out.
As mentioned Bennett does a great job of defining each of our main characters and giving them a specific voice. I found myself on a roller coaster of emotions with these characters, as their constant evolution really made me question who was ‘good’ and who was ‘bad’. I’m pretty sure I changed my mind multiple times for each character which is unique for me.
Past the character development, the prose is lyrical and while this book deals with some hard topics, it’s a fast read. Bennett does a fabulous job of tackling the topics of pro-life vs pro-choice, sexual assault, suicide, infidelity, and grief. This is a book that truly asks the question ‘what if…’. I highly recommend this book or her newest book The Vanishing Half (which you can see my full review for that HERE!). While I’m not normally a huge fan of character driven novels, this one hits differently, and the story flows so well that it is hard to put down.
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About the Author
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. The Mothers is her first novel.
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