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– 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
“The Push is written on the edge of a knife. It’s a howl in the face of what we think we know — or want to believe — about motherhood. Relentlessly compelling, distressing and beautiful, Ashley Audrain’s debut is the next Gone Girl, with shades of We Need to Talk About Kevin. I devoured it whole.”
— Marissa Stapley, bestselling author of The Last Resort
"Stayed up too late finishing [Audrain’s] deeply unsettling The Push about the darkest reaches of motherhood (and profound maternal ambivalence). 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
"Compelling, beautifully written and wickedly entertaining.... A tremendously thought-provoking read."
— Liz Nugent, author of Little Cruelties and Lying in Wait
About the Author
- ASIN : B087BL9MML
- Publisher : Pamela Dorman Books (January 5, 2021)
- Publication date : January 5, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1216 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 317 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1984881663
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #461 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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This was a character-driven book about the disintegration of a marriage. Depending on the reader, I feel the response will be polarizing. For many, it will be a fascinating psychological study and thriller. For others, myself included, it will hold too many harsh triggers that will touch on personal memories and concerns.
There are graphic descriptions of childbirth and nursing problems, postpartum depression, failure to bond with a child, growing paranoia and deception, miscarriage, abortion, infant death, child abuse and neglect, suicide, and weak, ineffective men. Some of these topics made me personally uncomfortable.
The painful, chilling family drama was an uncomfortable read for me. Blythe is married to Fox. She fails to bond with their new baby, Violet, whom Fox adores. She finds she is uncomfortable with and dislikes her new daughter and that the child returns these feelings. Fox minimizes Blythe's concern that something is wrong with their daughter and that she is exaggerating her problems and emotional responses. They have a baby son, and Blythe is enjoying the feeling of being a normal, loving mother for the first time. There is suspicion that Violet may have committed some terrible acts. Fox makes excuses for their daughter and blames Blythe's unjustified fear and instability. He eventually leaves home.
Early in the book, I anticipated the ending but later dismissed this speculation. When it did come, it was a terrible shock but left open-ended. I believe many readers will find this a gripping story about motherhood but regret it just wasn't for me.
"The Push" narrated in a semi-fluid second-person point of view, follows Blythe and her daughter and son. Her daughter might be a maniacal killer, or Blythe might just be incredibly mentally unstable, or both. I don't know, so many levels here: how to be a mom when you didn't have a good mom, how to be a mom when you yourself are mentally unreliable, how to be a mom to a maniacal killer (or not?), how to be a mom to dead children...It's almost too much for the postpartum mind. Maybe another year, another time of my life I could give it a more fair shot. --
“The Push” makes us question the very nature of reality. Our protagonist vacillates between what she believes to be true and what she so desperately wants to deny. Her foundation has been ripped from under her feet and she no longer trusts her instincts. As readers, we struggle with trusting the narrator not because she wishes to deceive us but because she does not trust herself.
“The Push” will haunt you long after the final sentence leaves you gasping.
love her daughter and/or a child who is evil. Neither of these tropes is new - The Bad Seed is a very old idea. If you read thrillers you have read something similar to this book before.
OTOH The Push is well-written and intelligently constructed. You won't be bored. Just don't expect to be surprised.
Top reviews from other countries
don’t think I’ve ever been more aware of any book before it’s publication date , twitter was full of reviews from
People who had read pre publication copies.I actually became quite frustrated that I had to wait until it was formally released to get a copy .Surely no book could be worth all this hype
It’s rare to read a description of motherhood when the relationship between mother abs child is so difficult and in this book with its description of 3 generations of mothers having troubles bonding with their daughters is breathtaking. How many of us admit to those feelings of ambivalence or even dislike for our own children . We don’t it’s against any acceptable view of motherhood .We are supposed to fall in love with our infant at birth surrounded by the oxytocin high .The description of birth here is so raw so elemental and does not flinch from what for many women can be a bloody awful experience.
How much more difficult would motherhood be if your owen relationship with your mother had strained or imperfect.
Imagine then that you feared your child was potentially responsible for the death of their sibling. Even to have that thought in the first place would seem like an impossibility .
I adored this book and would have stayed up all night to finish it if I possibly could .As it was I’d finished the next morning before it was fully light
I will have to read this 100 times to work out if mother Blythe is mentally ill and paranoid, or if her worries re her daughter are true.
To work out if her Daughters behaviour (if it’s real) is due to the trauma of having a mother that’s not bonded with you, or a Father that’s detached too in his own selfish way, or both. Or if it’s hereditary.
Same for the mother. Then the push, The push in the centre of the book, the heart rippingly tragic one- was it one of them, or an accident?
I honestly will never know the answers this book works all ways. It’s an incredible read. Amazing. Shivering now thinking about it.
It tells the tale of Blythe - a woman who didn't have the easiest childhood and who struggles to connect with her daughter.
The tale is interspersed with flashbacks to her mother and grandmothers life, but Blythe is the constant narrator through her chapters which are told in the first person.
The writing style, talking to "you" was different to begin with, but within a few paragraphs you just want to know what has happened and is happening.
It's thrilling, chilling and definitely a 2021 must read!