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Publisher's Summary

A Good Morning America Book Club Pick | A New York Times best seller!

"Utterly addictive." (Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train)

"Hooks you from the very first page and will have you racing to get to the end." (Good Morning America)

A tense, pause-resisting 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 listen 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.

©2021 Ashley Audrain (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"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, number one New York Times best-selling 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, number one New York Times best-selling 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, best-selling author of Recipe for a Perfect Wife

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Disturbing, Jaw Dropping, Unforgettable

Wow.. Upon reading the reviews of 'The Push' by Ashley Audrain, I wasn't sure what to expect. I went into it sort of blind and became addicted from the first chapter on. I finished it in two nights, listening voraciously.

This is not a feel good book. Our protagonist suffers three major traumas, and each one of them by themselves is a mother's worst nightmare. I was hooked, and like a bad accident on the side of the road- I couldn't look away.

If you aren't queasy and you can stomach extremely depressing and disturbing books, you may just like this. It was very well written and superbly narrated which gave it the creepy and devastating effect needed to portray the horrendous nature of the book. The accolade by Kristen Hannah was very well deserved.

Highly recommend- but heed the warnings.

-Wendi

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A very difficult 5 stars

This was one of the best books I've listened to in a long time, but also one of the most difficult due to the subject matter. And yet in spite of that difficulty, I found myself unable to stop listening. It grabbed me from the beginning and made me want to cancel all of my plans just to keep listening until the bitter end.

The author pulls no punches when it comes to what the main character experiences. Unfortunately, I think far too many women will be able to relate to at least one aspect of the book, whether it's the description of PPD, the surprising isolation and struggle of motherhood, the marriage problems, etc. There was so much truth in this book that it hurt to listen to sometimes.

This is also the second book I've listened to with Marin Ireland, and I'll definitely be seeking out more by her. This one will be sticking with me for a long time. Very worthy of a credit, no matter how tough it was to listen to sometimes.

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Horrifying and Satisfying

The central question in this, “am I disconnected from my child because she is bad or is she bad because I am disconnected”, is compelling, and although it isn’t answered, the ending is very satisfying.

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Insightful and harrowing glimpse into motherhood.

As a mother, I could relate to some of the things Ashley Audrain writes about, the things no one tells you about. But the heartbreak of having a child who is not loving or capable of receiving love, luckily that is foreign to me. I appreciate the honesty Audrain writes with, I didn’t want to stop listening. The narrator, Marin Ireland, was excellent. She brought each character to life and paced the author’s words perfectly. I enjoyed this book and recommend it, definitely. It’s not uplifting but it’s very, very good.

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Will Mess You Up

Seriously, this book left me a mess, It is hard to read, but nearly impossible to stop. The ending absolutely shook me and I found myself imagining what would happen next after the book ended. This one will stay with you.

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OMG..

If you choose anything to read this year make it be this book. I cannot recommend it enough.

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The Push

The story was suspenseful. I binged listened to it in two days. In an audio version, the flashbacks were confusing. I had a hard time following the narrator’s stories of her past and who was who. I would suggest having a hard copy of the book to follow when listening to the book.

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Couldn't stop listening!

Loved it, wish it would have kept going! Generational trauma reminders of what could be inside all of us.

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An impactful, raw view of the unseen side of motherhood.

I was really surprised at how quickly this book drew me in. At first it was hard to keep track of who was being spoken about, but then I realized after reading other reviews that it was purposeful. It could have been any of the female characters in the novel since their situation seemed to be cyclical. At times this book was sad, but mostly it was a raw, vulnerable, and unedited view of motherhood at its unadulterated, ugly core. It dealt with societal expectations of women, stay at home mothers, and motherly instincts. It also raised the question: what do I do if my motherly instincts go against loving my own child?

There are definite twists at the end that still have me thinking. Trigger warning: if you have little ones or are trying to start a family save this for another life stage. It is unfiltered on some vulnerable topics. I appreciated the honestly in Audrain’s writing, but her character’s brashness also took my breath away many times while listening to this novel.

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H-O-R-R-I-B-L-E

I usually don't write reviews, but this book is so awful, I was compelled. I downloaded this because it was a GMA Book Club pick. I don't know who in their right mind would pick this book. That person, along with the Author, need therapy, BADLY, as they are some VERY twisted people. There are NO characters with redeeming qualities and this book is VERY dark and pointless! Save your money for something better, this book is horrible, awful, and terrible!

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