- Expected 7 Jan 2021
PRE-ORDER THE PUSH NOW, THE MOST BREATHTAKING DEBUT ABOUT MOTHERHOOD AND OBSESSION YOU'VE EVER READ
**Soon to be adapted for the screen by the producer of Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood, Marriage Story and Gravity**
'I read it in one sitting. Not to be missed' LISA JEWELL
'An ending that will haunt you' 5***** READER REVIEW
'Dazzling' DAISY BUCHANAN
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.
'Poetic, propulsive. Set my nerves jangling in horror and recognition' LISA JEWELL
'Intensely absorbing, gripping until the final page, The Push excavates the myths of motherhood' Kim Edwards, bestselling author of The Memory Keeper's Daughter
'The most thought-provoking exploration of motherhood since We Need to Talk About Kevin' Clare Pooley, bestselling author of The Authenticity Project
READERS ARE UTTERLY GRIPPED BY THE PUSH:
'Heart-pounding, expertly crafted, incredible. Read. This. Book.' 5***** Reader Review
'A raw, emotive read that packs a punch. Lingers with you long after you've read the final page' 5***** Reader Review
'Brave, bold, powerful, heartbreaking - an incredible read' 5***** Reader Review
Growing up as the latest link in a long chain of toxic mother-daughter dyads, aspiring writer Blythe, the narrator of Audrain's emotionally devastating debut, has no desire for parenthood herself, until she falls for gentle, supportive Fox Connor, who can't imagine not having kids and convinces her otherwise. Daughter Violet's birth three years later starts the clock ticking toward the implosion of the couple's marriage. In the eyes of Fox, who is away most of the day at work, Violet's an angel; to exhausted and overwhelmed Blythe, there's something fundamentally wrong with the baby. Or is there? As Blythe worries over the years that Violet lacks normal feelings of empathy and affection, concerns that Fox keeps dismissing as only in her head, things continue to deteriorate until, desperate not to lose Fox, Blythe becomes pregnant again. Son Sam's arrival blindsides her: to her astonishment, she loves Sam ecstatically. A tragedy precipitated by seven-year-old Violet is by no means the end of the twisty, harrowing ride to the dark side of motherhood Audrain pilots so skillfully. This is a sterling addition to the burgeoning canon of bad seed suspense, from an arrestingly original new voice. Agent: Madeleine Milburn, Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency.