Mother, Mother

A Novel

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Publisher Description

From Koren Zailckas, author of the iconic memoir SMASHED: an electrifying debut novel about a family being torn apart by the woman who claims to love them most
 
Josephine Hurst has her family under control. With two beautiful daughters, a brilliantly intelligent son, a tech-guru of a husband, and a historical landmark home, her life is picture perfect. But living in this matriarch’s determinedly cheerful, yet subtly controlling domain hasn’t been easy for her family, and when her oldest daughter, Rose, runs off with a mysterious boyfriend, Josephine tightens her grip, gradually turning her flawless home into a darker sort of prison.

Resentful of her sister’s newfound freedom, Violet turns to eastern philosophy, hallucinogenic drugs, and extreme fasting, eventually landing herself in a psych ward. Meanwhile, her brother, Will, recently diagnosed with Asperger's, shrinks further into a world of self-doubt. Their father, Douglas, finds resolve in the bottom of a bottle—an addict craving his own chance to escape. Josephine struggles to maintain the family’s impeccable façade, but when a violent incident leads to a visit from child protective services, the truth about the Hursts might finally be revealed.

Now with Extra Libris material, including a reader’s guide and bonus content

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2013
September 17
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
384
Pages
PUBLISHER
Crown
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
8.3
MB

Customer Reviews

Hododbod ,

MOTHER MOTHER - AMAZING

A novel full of suspense and realistic twists and turns. Couldn't put it down!

GabbyHayze ,

Outstanding!

This is, by far, THE best novel I have read about a dysfunctional family, and the power the mother of such a family wields over all the people under her control. Once I began reading the experiences of the children born to the woman who manipulates, distorts, and lies about everything her two daughters and son do, I could not put the book down until I found out where it lead. Reading about how such manipulation can be done brought out such feelings of anger in me, but this is also a very sad story of how young children can be damaged by such an important person in their lives. No one escaped from this story without psychological damage, but the ending does leave a ray of hope that something can be salvaged from the wreck made of the individuals involved. This is an excellent psychological study for those who like to learn about why people do what they do, but it's also one heck of a page turner about someone who makes Mommie Dearest look almost lovable.

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