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the Mothers by Brit Bennett

A Mac Staff Fall Favorite!

A dazzling debut novel from an exciting new voice, The Mothers is a surprising story about young love, a big secret in a small community—and the things that ultimately haunt us most.


Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett's mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition. It begins with a secret.

"All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we'd taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unripe secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season."

It is the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken, seventeen-year-old beauty. Mourning her own mother's recent suicide, she takes up with the local pastor's son. Luke Sheppard is twenty-one, a former football star whose injury has reduced him to waiting tables at a diner. They are young; it's not serious. But the pregnancy that results from this teen romance—and the subsequent cover-up—will have an impact that goes far beyond their youth. As Nadia hides her secret from everyone, including Aubrey, her God-fearing best friend, the years move quickly. Soon, Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey are full-fledged adults and still living in debt to the choices they made that one seaside summer, caught in a love triangle they must carefully maneuver, and dogged by the constant, nagging question: What if they had chosen differently? The possibilities of the road not taken are a relentless haunt.

In entrancing, lyrical prose, The Mothers asks whether a "what if" can be more powerful than an experience itself. If, as time passes, we must always live in servitude to the decisions of our younger selves, to the communities that have parented us, and to the decisions we make that shape our lives forever. BUY NOW

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood will be appearing at the Sanibel Library this January as part of their author series.

A psychologically charged story inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest, re-imagined by the award-winning author of The Handmaid's Tale, follows the retribution plot of a deposed artistic director who teaches prison inmates while consulting with a fantasy child who has taken the place of the daughter he lost years earlier. BUY NOW

A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston

A humorous coming-of-age memoir and meditation on creativity by the star of Breaking Bad chronicles his theatrical childhood and re-commitment to acting in the aftermath of his father's disappearance, describing his early acting jobs and the performances that earned him Tony and Emmy Awards. BUY NOW

I Am Brian Wilson by Brian Wilson

The memoirs of the legendary Beach Boy member offer unstinting insights into his difficult relationship with his father, the women in his life, his parenting experiences and the events that inspired his music. BUY NOW

A Life Well Played by Arnold Palmer

A follow-up to the golfing master's 1999 autobiography reevaluates his many life experiences, sharing additional details about familiar stories while offering new anecdotes and his time-tested insights into relationships, business success and living a life of integrity. Buy Now