Award-winning essayist and author Brit Bennett begins her dazzling debut novel with a tantalising teaser: ‘All good secrets have a taste before you tell them...’. Set in a black community in southern California, The Mothers charts the lives of three young people caught in a love triangle and haunted by the choices made one seaside summer. Brit has electrified the literary scene with her ferociously moving new work. Hear one of America’s most exciting new voices in conversation with Abigail Ulman.

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Brit Bennett (International)

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Brit Bennett is an essayist and the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel The Mothers, which became a New York Times bestseller. In 2016 Bennett was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and won the NBCC John Leonard First Novel Prize. Named as one of the 5 Under 35 Promising New Novelists by the National Book Foundation in 2016, the New York Times Book Review called her work ‘ferociously moving’. Her writing is featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Jezebel. Brit's Jezebel essay, I Don’t Know What to Do With Good White People, generated more than a million hits in three days. She is currently working on her second novel.

Abigail Ulman (Australian)

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Abigail Ulman is a writer from Melbourne. She is the recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, and a winner of the 2016 The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist Award. Her story collection, Hot Little Hands, was published internationally in 2016.