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A Good Morning America Book Club Pick

"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)

"A poetic, propulsive read that set my nerves jangling." (Lisa Jewell, number one New York Times best-selling author of Then She Was Gone)

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 fallout forces Blythe to face the truth.

The Push is a tour de force you will listen to 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

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Amazing story and characters!

I didn't want it to end!! at the beginning I thought it was too dark, but by one third everything made sense and I couldn't put it down! The main character is so complex but ordinary and human at the same time, that it drey me in and i felt so many mixed emotions while reading about her life. Souch a good book!

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Slow and depressing

I regret purchasing this book. I regret more finishing it. It is slow moving and depressing. The narrators voice is mono tone and puts me to sleep.

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Really didn’t know what to expect with this Novel. It was hard to put down took only 2 days to get though. I’m very impressed.

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You’ll want to race through it

Such an interesting concept of a mother not connecting to her baby and all the other doubts she has about her child after. I enjoyed the books and story very much! I think the author did a great job of really getting into the depth of what the mother experiences. Not a thriller as I expected though. I have to say that I couldn’t do this as an audiobook. It was likely that the book is comprised of mostly very short sentences, and the tone of the reader was not a good mix. I ended up reading the book halfway through.

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Whoa! Amazing!!!!!

This book is unbelievably delicious. I couldn’t stop listening and finished it in two days. It pulls you in and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I kept going back and forth about wether I could believe the perspective of the narrator. I want more of these characters. The descriptions were so vivid. The person who reads the book does a great job. One of my favourite audible performances so far.

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  • Austen'sAwesome
  • 2021-01-09

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-01-10

OMG..

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

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  • Jennifer Moore
  • 2021-01-08

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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  • Linda Dalton
  • 2021-01-08

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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  • Jenne Reads
  • 2021-01-10

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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  • Wendi
  • 2021-01-16

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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  • Brittany
  • 2021-01-13

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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  • Eva Ortiz
  • 2021-01-13

Amazing Story

I loved everything about this book. I won’t spoil it. But all I can say is that if you think Mommy Dearest was sinister!!!

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  • Katherine
  • 2021-01-18

A very difficult 5 stars

This book 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 pulled me in 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-01-17

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.