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The Mothers: Introduction
The Mothers: Plot Summary
The Mothers: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Mothers: Themes
The Mothers: Quotes
The Mothers: Characters
The Mothers: Symbols
The Mothers: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Brit Bennett
Historical Context of The Mothers
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- Full Title: The Mothers
- When Published: October 11, 2016
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Realism
- Setting: Oceanside, California
- Climax: Robert Turner discovers that Nadia got an abortion when she was seventeen. Learning that Mr. Sheppard financed the procedure, he storms into church the next morning and yells at the pastor, calling him a “son of a bitch” for encouraging his daughter to “kill” her unborn baby. As he shouts, the pastor’s secretary overhears the conversation and subsequently spreads the secret throughout the congregation.
- Antagonist: The narrow-minded, sexist, and judgmental attitudes that society projects onto women.
- Point of View: Third-person omniscient with periodic sections of first-person plural narration.
Extra Credit for The Mothers
The Big Screen. The Mothers will soon be made into a feature-length film. Bennett herself will write the script, and Kerry Washington (of Scandal fame) will co-produce with Natalie Krinsky (a Gossip Girl writer).