• Quand Nadia, 17 ans, perd sa mère et avorte en cachette, sa vie est bouleversée. Elle choisit alors de quitter la communauté noire et religieuse qui l'a vue grandir et laisse derrière elle Luke, son amant aux rêves brisés, et Aubrey, sa meilleure amie. Boursière dans une grande université, Nadia fréquente désormais l'élite.
    Durant une décennie marquée des affres de la vie, les trajectoires des trois jeunes gens vont se croiser puis diverger, tendues à l'extrême par le poids du secret.

    Dans la lignée d'Elena Ferrante et de Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Brit Bennett nous offre un roman lumineux et inoubliable.

  • Quatorze ans après la disparition des jumelles Vignes, l'une d'elles réapparaît à Mallard, leur ville natale, dans le Sud d'une Amérique fraîchement déségrégationnée. Adolescentes, elles avaient fugué main dans la main, décidées à affronter le monde. Pourtant, lorsque Desiree refait surface, elle a perdu la trace de sa jumelle depuis bien longtemps: Stella a disparu des années auparavant pour mener à Boston la vie d'une jeune femme Blanche. Mais jusqu'où peut-on renoncer à une partie de soi-même ?
    Dans ce roman magistral sur l'identité, l'auteure interroge les mailles fragiles dont sont tissés les individus, entre la filiation, le rêve de devenir une autre personne et le besoin dévorant de trouver sa place.

  • En 2020, la mort de George Floyd, homme noir qui succombe lors de son arrestation aux cris de « I can't breathe » bouleverse le monde. En 2014 déjà, Eric Garner décédait dans les mêmes circonstances et en prononçant les mêmes paroles.
    Ces neuf essais pétris d'une rage calme exposent l'omniprésence du racisme aux États-Unis, qu'il soit diffus, tapi dans des détails qui n'en sont pas, ou sidérant, énorme, invraisemblable. Du marketing des poupées d'enfants à l'absence de plaque commémorant les victimes de l'esclavage, Brit Bennett désigne de façon saisissante les manifestations de ce racisme qui n'en finit pas de tuer, et qui prospère aussi sur la bonne conscience des « gentils Blancs ». Portée par le désir d'aller de l'avant, elle rend hommage aux auteurs qui, de Toni Morrison à Ta-Nehisi Coates en passant par Jesmyn Ward, ouvrent la voie au changement en donnant à voir une expérience à nulle autre pareille.

  • THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP BESTSELLER #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ''An utterly mesmerising novel..I absolutely loved this book'' Bernardine Evaristo, winner of the Booker Prize 2019 ''Epic'' Kiley Reid, O, The Oprah Magazine The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it''s not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it''s everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Ten years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters'' story lines intersect? Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing . Looking well beyond issues of race, The Vanishing Half considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person''s decisions, desires, and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins.

  • « Cet été-là, alors que mon pays se divisait pour savoir si un adolescent noir non armé méritait de mourir, quelque chose a changé en moi. Cet été-là, je me suis réveillée ».
    La ségrégation raciale fait désormais partie du passé. Officiellement. Pourtant, chaque jour, aux États-Unis et ailleurs, femmes et hommes noirs continuent d'être victimes de discrimination, voire bien pire.
    Confrontée à la violence diffuse du racisme institutionnalisé, Brit Bennett s'interroge, dans neuf essais aussi brillants que corrosifs, sur ce qu'être noir.e signifie dans la Great America revendiquée par Trump. À travers le prisme d'objets du quotidien ou d'une actualité souvent tragique, Brit Bennett montre que si le racisme a changé de visage, il n'en est pas moins toujours réel.

  • The vanishing half

    Brit Bennett

  • Anglais The Mothers

    Brit Bennett

    Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett's mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition. It begins with a secret.

  • THE MOTHERS - A NOVEL

    Brit Bennett

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Bittersweet, sexy, morally fraught. The New York Times Book Review " Luminous engrossing and poignant, this is one not to miss. " People, Pick of the Week "Fantastic a book that feels alive on the page." The Washington Post A dazzling debut novel from an exciting new voice, The Mothers is a surprising story about young love, a big secret in a small community--and the things that ultimately haunt us most. Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett's mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition. It begins with a secret. "All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we'd taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unripe secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season." 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.


  • One of The Today Show's "Must-Read Books for Fall"
    "Luminous… engrossing and poignant, this is one not to miss." –People, Pick of the Week
    "Fantastic… a book that feels alive on the page and rich for later consideration." –The Washington Post
    A dazzling debut novel from an exciting new voice, The Mothers is a surprising story about young love, a big secret in a small community--and the things that ultimately haunt us most.
    Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett's mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition. It begins with a secret.
    "All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we'd taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unripe secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season."
    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.
    From the Hardcover edition.

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