The Mothers – by Brit Bennett

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In three words: authentic, raw, dramatic

This book tells the story of two unlikely friends – Nadia and Aubrey, who both find themselves as motherless teenagers in suburban San Diego. It’s this commonality that brings them together. Yet, the two are so different – Nadia is stunningly beautiful, intelligent (goes on to law school), and independent. Meanwhile, Aubrey is more homely, subdued, and shy. But Aubrey has something that Nadia doesn’t: a family and community that love her. These differences come to a head when the girls discover that they are each the cornerstone of a love triangle. The characters in this book feel authentic, evoking “tough to talk about” issues like suicide, abortion, and infidelity. An excellent read.