The Push

Author(s): Ashley Audrain


What happens when your experience of motherhood is nothing at all what you hoped for, but everything you always feared? Blythe Connor doesn't want history to repeat itself. Violet is her first child and she will give her daughter all the love she deserves. All the love that her own mother withheld. But firstborns are never easy. And Violet is demanding and fretful. She never smiles. Soon Blythe believes she can do no right - that something's very wrong. Either with her daughter, or herself. Her husband, Fox, says she's imagining it. But Violet's different with him. And he can't understand what Blythe suffered as a child. No one can. Blythe wants to be a good mother. But what if that's not enough for Violet? Or her marriage? What if she can't see the darkness coming? Mother and daughter. Angel or monster? We don't get to choose our inheritance - or who we are...  The Push is a heart-pounding exploration of motherhood, obsession and the terrible price of unconditional love. _____


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'A poetic, propulsive read that set my nerves jangling in both horror and recognition' LISA JEWELL, bestselling author of The Family Upstairs

'With its riveting prose and deep convictions, Ashley Audrain's The Push had me in its clutches from the first page. Audrain's astute portrayal of motherhood was unsettling in its insights, yet highly entertaining on the page. Complex, nuanced, and unflinching, I inhaled this debut in one sitting' Karma Brown, bestselling author of Recipe for a Perfect Wife

'Intensely absorbing, gripping until the final page, The Push excavates the myths of motherhood, deftly exploring . . . the deep unease of our inability to ever fully know even those we hold the closest' Kim Edwards, bestselling author of The Memory Keeper's Daughter

'Stayed up too late finishing [Audrain's] deeply unsettling The Push about the darkest reaches of motherhood . . . Visceral, provocative, compulsive, and with the most graphic and relatable description of childbirth I've read (or written)' Sarah Vaughan, bestselling author of Anatomy of a Scandal  

General Fields

  • : 9780241434567
  • : Penguin Random House
  • : Michael Joseph
  • : 0.428
  • : August 2020
  • : 2.4 Centimeters X 15.5 Centimeters X 23.3 Centimeters
  • : books

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  • : Ashley Audrain
  • : Paperback
  • : 307