What Our Bookseller Says:
“A sense of abject longing pervades the heart of this novel.
For love, for a future, for a mother, for a child. Every character yearns for one thing and gives in to another.
Centered on three characters, Nadia, Aubrey, and Luke, first as teenagers and then as adults a decade later, this novel explores not just how but why people and relationships come together and fall apart over and over.
For all their mistakes and misgivings, the people at this story’s heart give voice to the question of how big of a role our younger selves play in our present, in our futures. The answer here, it seems, is quite a lot.”
What the Publisher Says:
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.