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The Mothers by Brit Bennett (review)

The Mothers by Brit Bennett (review) wants to share it. Given that it’s drawn from a collection of col- umns, it lends itself well to reading in snatches— something that can be enjoyed in brief bits of time, not a tome that demands to be dramatically processed. Rants from the Hill might fi t well on a west- ern nature writing syllabus, or selected essays might fi nd a home in a broader course, but it’s mostly just a pleasure to read. Jeremy Elliott Abilene Christian University Brit Bennett, Th e Mothers. New York: Riverhead Books, 2016. 278 pp. Cloth, $26; paper, $16; e- book, $11.99; audio CD, $40. Brit Bennett’s debut novel, Th e Mothers, is a compelling story that draws the reader into the world of a tight- knit community in coastal California. Like many examples of contemporary fi ction involving youth, the narrative rests on intrigue, staccato dialogue, troubled characters (some more developed than others), toxic romantic relationships, and oblivious adults. On the surface, the novel is about Nadia Turner, a high school senior growing up in Oceanside. Nadia is smart, beautiful, determined, but emotionally troubled. Her mother, Elise, recently committed suicide for unknown reasons, and to numb the pain her father http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Western American Literature University of Nebraska Press

The Mothers by Brit Bennett (review)

Western American Literature , Volume 53 (1) – Jun 1, 2018

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Publisher
University of Nebraska Press
ISSN
0043-3462

Abstract

wants to share it. Given that it’s drawn from a collection of col- umns, it lends itself well to reading in snatches— something that can be enjoyed in brief bits of time, not a tome that demands to be dramatically processed. Rants from the Hill might fi t well on a west- ern nature writing syllabus, or selected essays might fi nd a home in a broader course, but it’s mostly just a pleasure to read. Jeremy Elliott Abilene Christian University Brit Bennett, Th e Mothers. New York: Riverhead Books, 2016. 278 pp. Cloth, $26; paper, $16; e- book, $11.99; audio CD, $40. Brit Bennett’s debut novel, Th e Mothers, is a compelling story that draws the reader into the world of a tight- knit community in coastal California. Like many examples of contemporary fi ction involving youth, the narrative rests on intrigue, staccato dialogue, troubled characters (some more developed than others), toxic romantic relationships, and oblivious adults. On the surface, the novel is about Nadia Turner, a high school senior growing up in Oceanside. Nadia is smart, beautiful, determined, but emotionally troubled. Her mother, Elise, recently committed suicide for unknown reasons, and to numb the pain her father

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Western American LiteratureUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Jun 1, 2018

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