The Mothers

A teenage girl’s mother commits suicide, and she deals with it by burying her sorrow in a relationship with her preacher’s son. One (terminated) pregnancy and a heap of secrets later, she’s trying to move on with her life. Her story is told by the Greek chorus of the elderly women who make her church, and so many churches like it, run. The writing is deceptively simple, and manages to contain complex truths about the simple choices we make as young adults, the secrets we keep, and the communities that help hold us together.

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