The Mothers by Britt Bennett

Shockingly, this book seems to be about all the ways women can be (and not be) mothers–abortion, suicide, or infertility, infidelity, occupying the position of elder, going against what would otherwise be your principles to help your child. It’s hard to believe that such a concept-heavy book complete with a Greek chorus of mothers in the church can actually read like an authentic exploration of a friendship and a love triangle (Aubery, Luke, Nadia Turner). But it does–it is character driven despite all the concept. Thinking about why that is will surely take time. And I won’t say it’s all about gender. But women surely do this a higher percentage of the time than men do.

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