This month's book was a New York Times bestseller, and Elliott Bay Book Company staff pick called 'The Mothers' by Brit Bennett.
Bennett is a young author from southern California whose story about a grieving teenager who gets pregnant by her pastor's son has everyone captivated.
Nadia Turner is a rebellious, seventeen-year-old beauty. Mourning her own mother’s recent suicide, she takes up with the local pastor’s son Luke Sheppard.
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.
What did you think? We had a great discussion at the Heritage Distillery event space this week about why we liked (and didn't like), the book. Let us know if you agree or disagree, and stay tuned for the announcement of February's book club pick.