And then this debut, Brit Bennett’s totally compelling, beautiful novel, The Mothers (Riverhead), which is garnering all kinds of deserved early praise, including many ‘best,’ ‘most anticipated’ lists for the fall. “Brit Bennett’s masterful debut is brimming with unforgettable scenes and the sort of keenly-observed, precise language that makes you look at your own relationships anew. Told with the wisdom of a seasoned, compassionate storyteller, The Mothers is a novel about community, friendship, grief and growth. The two women at the center of this novel are characters you will find yourself thinking about long after you’ve turned the last page – they pull you in close and never let you go. Bennett is a brilliant and much-needed new voice in literature.” -Angela Flournoy. “Brit Bennett is the real thing. The Mothers is a stellar novel — moving, thoughtful. Stunning. I couldn’t put it down. I’m so excited to have this brilliant new voice in the world.” -Jacqueline Woodson. The recipient of numerous awards as she wrote through college (the Hopwood Award, the Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers), Brit Bennett has also been making a mark with her essays on the state of things, such as “I Don’t Know What to Do With Good White People” (http://jezebel.com/i-dont-know-what-to-do-with-good-white-people-1671201391).