Tuesday, January 11th
The Mothers
by Brit Bennett


This program will be held on Zoom. Email Mike Morris at mike.morris@thehowe.org for an invitation or more information.
BLT meets on the second Tuesday of each month at noon. Bring your lunch and a healthy appetite for good discussion.

California native Bennett’s debut novel, set in the U.S. Marine Corps base city of Oceanside, unflinchingly examines the consequences of secret decisions born of pain and fear as they play out in the lives of three young people, decade by decade. The story is narrated in part by the eponymous mothers, a ­chorus of elder church women who—­having lived through it all—demonstrate no compunction in judging and discussing the choices made by their fellow parishioners of the Upper Room Chapel. Seventeen-year-old Nadia Turner, beautiful, brilliant and broken by the recent suicide of her mother, hastily falls in love with Luke, the pastor’s son, who is literally broken, having suffered a college career-ending football injury. An unplanned pregnancy followed by the decision to terminate ends their relationship as quickly as it began. Nadia befriends Aubrey, who is harboring her own deep, if unseen, wounds. Nadia’s eventual escape from Oceanside ends when she returns to care for her ill father, and, inevitably, the secrets all three have been keeping from each other are exposed in an eruption as shattering as one would expect, with life-altering fallout. Bennett’s writing is both wrenching and light. She deftly blends the complex and serious situations her characters face with innate humor and understanding in this deeply affecting coming-of-age story. -Booklist starred review.



Where: Howe Library
Room: Currently meeting online.
Time: 12:00 - 1:00