8 Great Questions with Brit Bennett

The author of the award-winning novel The Mothers reveals the books she can't put down.

Brit Bennet’s lush and evocative debut novel The Mothers was one of our favorite books of 2016. Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, 17-year-old main character Nadia is reeling from her mother’s suicide and seeks solace in the arms of Luke, the pastor’s son. It’s supposed to just be a summer fling, but the fallout from their relationship is felt by everyone in their orbit for decades afterward.

We sat down with Brit and asked her to tell us about her favorite books, what she did before her career as a writer, and who would be in her dream book club (one word: Oprah!). Watch Brit’s book recommendations below and if you haven’t yet read The Mothers, you should do so immediately.

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BRIT BENNETT was born and raised in Southern California, 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 has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Jezebel.
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