Brit Bennett is a relatively new voice in the pantheon of African American authors. Her first novel, The Mothers was published in 2016, the same year that she was chosen as one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” honorees. Ms. Bennett was raised in Los Angeles; has a BA from Stanford, and an MFA from the University of Michigan. In addition to writing novels, she is an accomplished essayist in the vein of Ta’Nehesi Coates with race as her primary subject. She is also the recipient of a Hurston Wright Award for college writers.