Episode 77: Brit Bennett On Secrets & The Decisions That Shape Us

Listen HERE.

It’s not often that a book gets as much buzz as Brit Bennett’s, The Mothers, and wholeheartedly delivers. Brit’s breakout novel eloquently dives head-on into taboo topics like religion and black motherhood, and explores how we’re shaped by certain pivotal decisions more than others. Set in a Southern Californian beach town (similar to where Brit grew up), the story revolves around a complicated love triangle between Nadia, Aubrey, and Luke–one that’s fueled by secrets and passionate longings. Along the way, we’re accompanied by a Greek-style chorus of gossipy elder church women who pipe in with judgmental comments and I-told-you-so quips as the novel progresses. I raced through this book and saw myself in all three main characters, making for some necessary reflection.

Please share this lovely conversation. you can follow us @litupshow on Twitter and Instagram and you can find Brit on Twitter @Britrbennett.

xo Angie

12-brit-bennett-the-mothers-nocrop-w710-h2147483647-2x

Buy The Mothers at your local independent bookstore, or here on Amazon.

Cover photo credit: Chantal Anderson, Vogue, October 2016


Related Posts

Episode 25: Lauren Groff on Sex, Marriage, and Feminism

This week Emily and I were lucky enough to chat with Lauren Groff about her most recent novel Fates and Furies. Just days before, the book was long listed for The National Book Award for Fiction, so of course we needed to celebrate. We apologize […]

Episode 27: Sloane Crosley on Adulthood, Friendship & Not Being Sorry

This week’s guest is the witty and wise Sloane Crosley. Having followed her essay writing for years, it was such a thrill and honor to her have her in the studio talking about her first novel, The Clasp. In usual Lit Up style we start talking […]