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A quite beautiful book: shimmering with intelligence; fully alive to both the joyful and the difficult part of love; illuminating on motherhood
Times Literary Supplement
Brit Bennett is rightfully being hailed a brilliant new voice writing about black women . . . This is a novel with heart - it made me feel; it made me think. And I can't wait to read more of her
The Pool
Bittersweet, sexy, morally fraught
New York Times Book Review
Wonderful - warm and tender and necessary
Yaa Gyasi, author of Homegoing
A refreshingly fast-paced story of young love, race, and religious hypocrisy
Vanity Fair
Tenderly written
Brit Bennett is so bracingly talented on the page. . .[The Mothers is] astute and absorbing and urgent
Luminous... engrossing and poignant, this is one not to miss
[A]n engaging and assured debut novel of depth, and introspective power. It succeeds as a brilliant study of a modern black woman, and as a lyrical and majestic portrait of her place in society
Chigozie Obioma, author of The Fishermen
Bennett allows her characters to follow their worst impulses, and she handles provocative issues with intelligence, empathy and dark humour. Her risk-taking pays off
New York Times
The Mothers is a beautifully written, sad and lingering book - an impressive debut for such a young writer
New Yorker
Bennett has written that rare combination: a book that feels alive on the page and rich for later consideration. If you read The Mothers, you will learn a lot
Washington Post
Brit Bennett's debut is often funny, generous, and brightly written