A review by merin_aran
The Mothers, by Brit Bennett

challenging reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


I was really not a fan of this book and felt very disappointed having read it after loving The Vanishing Half. There's no doubt that Brit Bennett can write well, however I didn't find the characters compelling and the plot lacked adequate depth.

Initially I thought the discussion of abortion was going to be progressive and nuanced, with both sides of the debate explored. However, this book is plain and simply anti-abortion and pro-life propaganda. Additionally I didn't like the way Bennett dealt with Nadia's mother's story; I felt like mental illness and suicide were vilified throughout. Bennett is of course entitled to her opinion but I for one do not agree and will not be recommending this book to anyone.

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