I’m always a little bit dubious of books that get a lot of acclaim. Maybe that’s unfair to the author or the book, but sometimes what garners a large fanbase isn’t always that fantastic (cough cough Fifty Shades of Gray cough cough). But I am super grateful that I did sit down with this book. This was another Christmas gift for my mom that I decided to get her on a whim. I wasn’t as sure about it as I was some of the other books. But she enjoyed it and liked how it approached the topic of abortion.
I, too, found it to be a beautifully written story that sucked me in from one page. It’s the kind of novel you might pick up at the airport or a random bookstore and then devour it over a weekend getaway or just a long weekend at home. The narrative voice was extremely striking and I loved all the angles the reader gets to explore this story from as well as all the time in these characters’ lives that we get to see.
I wouldn’t declare this book to be a soapbox for opinions on abortion, but I do think it is a good vehicle for opening up conversation about the issue. I think my mom liked it a lot because the novel came off a bit as pro-life, but I think that’s due more to the narrator’s bias/perspective than to any real message being delivered in the book. But this story isn’t innately a political one. Nor is it solely about the abortion. It’s just a really good story about the lives of several characters and how they intertwine over the years and the community surrounding them.
The voice and the amount of time covered reminds me a lot of Jon Pineda’s novel Apology. It’s definitely a literary novel and its tone feels a little more sophisticated than the standard beach read novel. But it’s hard not to get sucked in and I think it’s the perfect book to take along on a trip.
Title(s): The Mothers
Author(s): Brit Bennett
Overall Rating: 5/5
Format Accessed: Hardcover
Imprint: Riverhead Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Additional Reading: The Hollywood Reporter: “Kerry Washington, Warner Bros. to Adapt ‘The Mothers’“