Hush (Paperback)
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Hush (Paperback)

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Paperback 384 Pages
Published: 04/05/2023
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Waterstones Says

Longing to have a child, Stevie changes her Manhattan career-oriented life for single parenthood in her native England in Maxwell’s powerful, nuanced meditation on the struggles experienced by new mothers.

After five exhilarating years in New York, Stevie has a successful career and a glamorous social life. But what she most wants is a baby, an aspiration that feels impossible given that she is single, thirty-eight and living in a tiny apartment in Manhattan, far away from most of her family in England.

Determined to become a mother, Stevie returns to London and has a baby on her own. When she gives birth to Ash, she finds motherhood painfully at odds with her former life and her expectations. She begins to wonder if having a child was a mistake - and what she might be willing to do to escape. As she struggles with what her future might hold, revelations from the past change everything she believed about family and love.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349015095
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 300 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

This beautifully written debut explores what it really means to choose to go it alone as a single mother, as well as the unforeseen consequences of that choice... I loved everything about this emotionally intelligent, compelling, raw and original book. Fabulous - Daily Mail

An unflinching look at both work-as-identity and modern parenting - Grazia, a Hot Debut

Hush dishes out brutal honesty around motherhood and is by turns shocking and tender - Metro

Skilfully written by the fresh new voice, Kate Maxwell, this debut brilliantly explores the societal expectations put on women through the compelling Stevie, and gives us a worthy protagonist for this modern age - Harper's Bazaar

A beautifully written meditation on motherhood - The i Paper

A daring, compelling novel about motherhood - Cosmopolitan

In terms of hype, debuts don't come any hotter than Kate Maxwell's Hush, which features a new riff on motherhood in an increasingly crowded pen... Utterly compelling - Irish Independent

A richly textured, exciting and mysterious debut novel showing the push and pull of motherhood, career identity and what it means to be a woman with multiple sides. Relatable and entertaining. I was absolutely glued to it - Emma Gannon, author of OLIVE

A vivid, compelling story about the unspoken truths of motherhood, family and feminine ideals. Tender, unflinching and beautifully evoked - Francesca Hornak, author of Seven Days of Us

An engaging parable about the ambiguity of modern motherhood, told with warmth and wit - Leah Hazard, bestselling author of Hard Pushed

Maxwell explores uncomfortable but important truths about motherhood brilliantly in her story of a mother falling apart, and piecing herself back together - Julia Bueno, author of THE BRINK OF BEING

Hush is a beautifully-written meditation on motherhood, identity and belonging - at once tender and resilient, incisive and heart-breaking. In this assured debut, Kate Maxwell captures how love grows and morphs and, ultimately, endures - Charlotte Philby, author of Edith and Kim

Kate Maxwell's debut novel explores the complexities and emotional roller-coaster of single motherhood... Well-researched and compelling - The Lady

Hush will break and remake your heart in one sitting. A wry and tender story that considers the potential for all strands of female life - friends, family, career - to become the loves of your life. This poignant tale of the blur of new motherhood will make you check in on your children if you have them - and on the woman you were before they arrived. I loved it - Harriet Walker, author of The New Girl

I ADORED Hush. I have never read anything that so accurately voiced the struggles I experienced as a new mother. It felt totally real to me and I was hooked from start to finish. I also loved all the other relationships that were so nuanced and heartfelt. I finished the book with that wonderful ache you get after reading a book that has moved you and uplifted you in equal measure - Libby Page, bestselling author of The Island Home

With sharp, perceptive, and tender prose that is at times scathing, Maxwell pushes the boundaries of what society tells us is acceptable, and perhaps what the reader feels she can forgive, then brings us back again to not only empathize with but root for her protagonist. Maxwell shows a type of motherly love seldom written about, one that's not instantaneous, but grows slowly, with difficulty, and is no less beautiful as it blossoms into something so incredible it takes your breath away - Charlene Carr, author of Hold My Girl (2023)

Longing to have a child, Stevie changes her Manhattan career-oriented life for single parenthood in her native England in Maxwell's powerful, nuanced meditation on the struggles experienced by new mothers - Waterstones

Beautifully written, with a nuanced understanding of what it means to lose sight of who you are, for whatever reason, and what it means to get yourself back or burn it all down and start again - Sophia Blackwell

I devoured this book - it was so compelling - Clover Stroud

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“A complex and rewarding debut novel that ticks all the boxes”

A gripping, poignant and uncompromising portrayal of motherhood and family and love. The writing skill shown via protagonist Stevie is mind blowing: I was instantly drawn to her and then her complexities are fleshed... More

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“Tender and insightful”

Hush is one of those rare and precious books that reminds you what novels are for. Authentic and exquisitely written, it tackles the often unspoken truth - that getting the thing you want most can be incredibly hard.... More

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“Thoughtful, nuanced—and a page turner”

This book described many things I’ve never quite been able to put into words myself—as a mother, a person at work, a former New Yorker—that at times I was physically nodding along, like the author had processed and... More

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