The Push (Hardback)Ashley Audrain (author)
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Arresting and intricate, Audrain’s debut is an unflinchingly dark tale of motherhood and what happens when women are not believed.
What if your experience of motherhood was nothing like what you hoped for - but everything you always feared?
'The women in this family, we're different . . .'
The arrival of baby Violet was meant to be the happiest day of my life. A fresh start.
But as soon as I held her in my arms, I knew something wasn't right.
I have always known that the women in my family weren't meant to be mothers.
My husband Fox says I'm imagining it, but she's different with me. Something feels very wrong.
Is it her? Or is it me?
Is she the monster? Or am I?
The Push is an addictive, gripping and compulsive read asking what happens when women are not believed - and challenging everything we think we know about motherhood.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 536 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 31 mm
'The Push was a poetic, propulsive read that set my nerves jangling in both horror and recognition. I read it one sitting and it stayed with me for days afterwards. Not to be missed' - Lisa Jewell
'I was gripped . . . One of 2021's most anticipated books . . . Dazzling and gloriously complete' - Daisy Buchanan
'I was totally hooked. Compelling, addictive, chilling. Smashing read' - Elizabeth Macneal
The Push is a freight train of a read - it barrels into you and propels you along, taking you places you're not sure you want to go. I found it disturbing, upsetting, and utterly compelling' - Beth Morrey, author of Saving Missy
'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
'Starkly original and compulsively readable, 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' - Kristin Hannah
'The most thought-provoking exploration of motherhood I've come across since We Need to Talk About Kevin' - Clare Pooley
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, 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
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
'Compelling, beautifully written and wickedly entertaining... A tremendously thought-provoking read' - Liz Nugent, author of Little Cruelties and Lying in Wait
'Ashley Audrain's The Push is not only a propulsively entertaining, read-in-one-sitting novel, it is also a deeply provocative and fearless look at motherhood written in some of the prettiest prose you'll read all year' - Aimee Molloy, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Mother
'Written with a courage that borders on audacity, and with uncanny emotional and psychological precision, Ashley Audrain's The Push is a taut, tour-de-force literary thriller that draws you in from the very first pages and plunges you into the most harrowing of journeys: parenthood' - Bill Clegg, New York Times bestselling author of Did You Ever Have A Family?
'A meteoric debut. Ashley Audrain's The Push is a force of nature, an unforgettable arrival that will linger in your heart--shimmer, darken and then haunt you. Every sentence is just so achingly alive. Audrain descends with near pointillistic precision into the gore of motherhood and love. Perhaps if Stephen King had experienced motherhood - the singular exaltation and morbid terror of that state - he might have been able to dream up this book. Wise, monstrous, and tender, The Push operates at a different frequency. It seemed to pulse in my hands. I could not put it down. I could not look away' - Claudia Dey, author of Heartbreaker and Stunt
'One to watch ... The Push is told from the point of view of Blythe Connor, whose experience of motherhood is not what she hoped for '- The Bookseller
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