Brit Bennett is an American author best known for writing The Mothers which was a big hit upon its release and was even a New York Times Bestseller. She followed that book up with The Vanishing Half in 2020. That book was another New York Times Bestseller, thanks in part to its placement as a Good Morning America Book Club selection.

Bennett was born and raised in the Southern California area. She went slightly north for college as she attended Stanford University where she graduated with a BA before heading to earn her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan. At Michigan, she was awarded the Hopwood Award in Graduate Short Fiction as well as the 2014 Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers.

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Mothers (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Vanishing Half (2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Butterball (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Nadia (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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The Mothers is set in a contemporary black community in Southern California and is a powerful novel about community, love, and ambition. The story starts with seventeen-year-old Nadia Turner who has turned rebellious after the suicide of her mother. In her grief, she becomes involved with the pastor’s son Luke Sheppard, a 21-year-old former football star turned waiter. They aren’t very serious, but things become serious when Nadia ends up pregnant. The two will make a choice and choose to cover it up. A choice that will have long-lasting repercussions for both of them.

Bennett followed that book up with the amazing The Vanishing Half. THis book tells the story of two twin sisters from the Deep Sotuh that end up living much better lives as adults. One passes for white and keeps that a secret from everyone, including her husband While her sister lives with her daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The book goes beyond race issues to how our decisions and desires can have lasting consequences on our lives.

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