The Mothers

by

Brit Bennett

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Aubrey’s Mother Character Analysis

A woman whose love life adversely affects her children, Mo and Aubrey. While Mo hates her mother, Aubrey wishes that her mother could still be in her life, although she knows this is impossible because her mother refuses to leave Paul, the man who raped Aubrey on a regular basis before she moved to California.
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Aubrey’s Mother Character Timeline in The Mothers

The timeline below shows where the character Aubrey’s Mother appears in The Mothers. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Four
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When Nadia asks if Aubrey’s mother is dead, Aubrey says, “No, no, nothing like that. I just—we don’t get along, that’s... (full context)
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...each other in several years because Monique never visited home because she didn’t like Paul, her mother ’s abusive boyfriend. In this moment, Aubrey reveals to Nadia that Paul used to hit... (full context)
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...but she still doesn’t know that Paul used to get drunk and hit Aubrey and her mother . “He’d moved in a year before [Aubrey had] left,” Bennett explains, “and for a... (full context)
Chapter Eight
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...the party perfect. Aubrey, however, is preoccupied with something else: whether or not to invite her mother . When Aubrey tells Monique that she’s considering this, her sister says, “Are you fucking... (full context)
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Aubrey’s mother responds to her invitation the weekend before the wedding. We can’t make it, she writes.... (full context)