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The Push: Mother. Daughter. Angel. Monster? The Sunday Times bestseller Kindle Edition
THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
'Utterly addictive' PAULA HAWKINS
'Inventive' SUNDAY TIMES
'Not to be missed' LISA JEWELL
Blythe and Violet. Mother and daughter.
It's a bond like no other.
But what if your little angel is a monster?
And what if no one sees it but you?
AS RECOMMENDED ON BBC RADIO 2
**Nominated for two Goodreads Choice Awards**
A Book to Watch in 2021! As selected by:
Grazia, Vogue, Red, Stylist, Marie Claire, Sunday Mirror, Evening Standard, Daily Mail, The Sun, Hello!, Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Porter
'Like The Girl on the Train - but better!' DAILY MAIL
'A blockbusting debut about the dark side of motherhood. Gripping, clever, vividly realised . . . the ending left me flabbergasted' GUARDIAN
'I read it in one sitting. Not to be missed' LISA JEWELL
'An inventive twist on the psychological thriller formula. Audrain sustains the suspense expertly' SUNDAY TIMES
'I can't stop thinking and talking about it . . . it has absolutely blown me away' CANDICE BRATHWAITE
'I was gripped from the first word to the last. I've been wanting a book to take me back to how I felt when I first read We Need to Talk About Kevin. That full body experience of reading, when you close the book but can't function until you know how it ends . . . I really recommend this one' DAWN O'PORTER
'Powerful and immersive' EMMA STONEX, author of The Lamplighters
'Taut, chilling, executed with gripping precision. Audrain nimbly stokes the mystery' New York Times
'A suspenseful thriller. Will have you in its grips from the very first page - and stay with you long after you've put it down. Do not miss' Heat
'Suspenseful, dark and intriguing . . . essential for book groups' Stylist
'Unsettling, visceral, provocative, compulsive' Sarah Vaughan
'The most thought-provoking exploration of motherhood since We Need to Talk About Kevin' Clare Pooley, bestselling author of The Authenticity Project
'Fans of 'mum noir' are in for a treat' Daily Mail
'Audrain sustains the suspense expertly through assured handling of her unravelling protagonist's voice' Sunday Times
**Soon to be adapted for the screen by the producer of Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood, Marriage Story and Gravity**
--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
"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
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B087JH1KXL
- Publisher : Penguin (7 January 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 2019 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 302 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,546 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I can see why this book was considered to be the best seller and I have to say that this was definitely a good starter book for my 2021.
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I bought this book because of the rave reviews. I found it turgid, repetitive, predictable and I kept reading it because I thought it would get better. It didn't
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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.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 April 2021