Born and raised in Southern California, Brit Bennett graduated from Stanford University and later earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award in Graduate Short Fiction as well as the 2014 Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers. Her work is featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Jezebel. She is one of the National Book Foundation's 2016 5 Under 35 honorees.
The Mothers has stayed with me since I first read it, the words and the intimacy of the prose seeping into my pores - Roxane Gay on The MothersAn engaging and assured debut novel of depth, and introspective power. It succeeds as a brilliant study of a modern black woman, and as a lyrical and majestic portrait of her place in society - Chigozie Obioma on The MothersFerociously moving . . . a lush book, a book of so many secrets, betrayal . . . I found myself reading not to find out what happens to the characters, but to find out who they are - New York Times Book Review on The MothersWith echoes of James Baldwin's Go Tell It on the Mountain, The Mothers is not your typical coming-of-age novel: It begins with Nadia's abortion, an experience often absent from our culture's stories, and goes on to look at how women step in to nurture - and sometimes betray - one another - Vogue on The MothersA beautifully written, sad and lingering book - Guardian on The Mothers[A] compelling debut - New Yorker on The MothersLuminous . . . engrossing and poignant, this is one not to miss - People on The MothersA refreshingly fast-paced story of young love, race, and religious hypocrisy - Vanity Fair on The Mothers