The Push: Book summary and reviews of The Push by Ashley Audrain

The Push

by Ashley Audrain

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A tense, page-turning psychological drama about the making and breaking of a family--and a woman whose experience of motherhood is nothing at all what she hoped for--and everything she feared.

Blythe Connor is determined that she will be the warm, comforting mother to her new baby Violet that she herself never had.

But in the thick of motherhood's exhausting early days, Blythe becomes convinced that something is wrong with her daughter--she doesn't behave like most children do.

Or is it all in Blythe's head? Her husband, Fox, says she's imagining things. The more Fox dismisses her fears, the more Blythe begins to question her own sanity, and the more we begin to question what Blythe is telling us about her life as well.

Then their son Sam is born--and with him, Blythe has the blissful connection she'd always imagined with her child. Even Violet seems to love her little brother. But when life as they know it is changed in an instant, the devastating fall-out forces Blythe to face the truth.

The Push is a tour de force you will read in a sitting, an utterly immersive novel that will challenge everything you think you know about motherhood, about what we owe our children, and what it feels like when women are not believed.

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"[E]motionally devastating...This is a sterling addition to the burgeoning canon of bad seed suspense, from an arrestingly original new voice." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A finely wrought psychological study of motherhood and inherited trauma...not for the faint of heart; it offers no easy answers." - Kirkus Reviews

"Both an absorbing thriller and an intense, profound look at the heartbreaking ways motherhood can go wrong, this is sure to provoke discussion." - Booklist

"Starkly original and compulsively readable, Ashley Audrain's The Push is a deep dive into the darkest nooks and crannies of motherhood. Raw, visceral, and often disturbing, this is an intense psychological drama that will be embraced by serious book clubs and fans of Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk about Kevin." - Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"The Push was a poetic, propulsive read that set my nerves jangling in both horror and recognition. I read it in one sitting and it stayed with me for days afterwards. Not to be missed." - Lisa Jewell, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone

"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 shape-shifting landscape of parenting, the powerful impact of the past on the present, and the deep unease of our inability to ever fully know even those we hold the closest." - Kim Edwards, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Memory Keeper's Daughter

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Lauren Zimmerman

Couldn't put it down.
The Push, which is a debut novel is a psychological thriller that tells the story of three generations of women who have been abused and are passing on their traumas through these generations. The difficult circumstance that Blythe finds herself in is her inability to know what a good mother is or how to become a good mother. She doesn’t have the confidence to trust her own instincts. So, when she finally had her daughter, Violet, nothing seems to be the way it should but how can she truly know. This book makes you think about how fragile mother daughter relationships are and where does the poor treatment between them originate. Blythe is trying to change the sequences of abuse, but her husband is dismissive and provides no support. Thankfully she has a clue what it means to be a real mother by her relationship with a neighbor growing up who gave her real love. All I can say is that it has been a long time since the very last paragraph changed the entire book for me. I read this book in one sitting.

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Ashley Audrain

Ashley Audrain previously worked as the publicity director of Penguin Books Canada. Prior to Penguin, she worked in public relations. She lives in Toronto, where she and her partner are raising their two young children. The Push is her first novel.

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