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The Push: A Novel por Ashley Audrain
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The Push: A Novel (edição 2021)

por Ashley Audrain (Autor)

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Título:The Push: A Novel
Autores:Ashley Audrain (Autor)
Informação:Pamela Dorman Books (2021), 317 pages
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The Push por Ashley Audrain

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I know 2021 just started, but this book is a serious top contender for the best book I’ve read this year. So a fair warning to the other books I have yet to read: you’ve got some large shoes to fill! ⁣
loved every single part of this book. The characters, the raw yet honest portrayal of motherhood and marriage, a chilling depiction of nature vs. nurture, the creeping sense of tension lurking around each page, the flashbacks to Blythe’s childhood and her mother’s as well. It starkly illustrated the cycle of abuse, and hit particularly hard for me as I was raised by an abusive family member that also had a neglectful childhood. The author expertly crafts Blythe’s and her husband Fox’s relationship so that they feel like real people you know, so that when they argue or grieve you feel sympathy for them and you want to rush over and comfort them. ⁣
This book does have some “We Need to Talk About Kevin” vibes, but it also stands alone on its own. The author pulls no punches and knows she’ll make you uncomfortable, but still presses on. Multiple times while reading I almost cried while simultaneously screamed at a character and almost threw my book across the room in a rage. The writing is hypnotic; you have a sense of what will come next and want to look away, but your eyes just can’t leave the page. I have already bought my own copy of this and will be recommending it to others. ( )
  brookiexlicious | May 2, 2021 |
The Short of It:

I had heard from many that this story was wild and it is. It’s like watching an accident happen in slow motion and you cannot look away.

The Rest of It:

Blythe and Fox can’t wait for their beautiful baby girl to arrive. After a difficult labor, baby Violet is placed on Blythe’s chest and it’s not quite the feeling she’s envisioned all her life. As a young girl whose own mother left her at a young age, Blythe silently vows to be the type of mother that she herself never had. But the constant feedings, the lack of sleep and honestly, the lack of a mother-daughter bond concerns Blythe. It concerns Fox too but he pins it on exhaustion. How could a mother not love her own child?

The thing is, Violet never seems to NEED Blythe. She is always reaching for daddy and doesn’t seem to notice the things he can’t provide like the around-the-clock nursing that only Blythe can manage. Years pass and this feeling that Blythe has can’t be shaken. There is something wrong with this child.

Enter Sam. If you have any doubts over your ability to be a mother, why not test the theory out by having another child? That’s exactly what Blythe does. She never shares her full intentions with Fox but secretly she wants to prove that she is a good mother and that a different child will see that. Sam is the baby she’s always wanted. He nuzzles into her, and doesn’t turn away like Violet did. He smiles when he sees her and looks to her for comfort. When she sees her son’s goofy grin, she smiles from ear to ear. While all of this is going on, Violet and her father also notice and Blythe is left wondering if there is something wrong with her to feel such dread whenever her daughter enters the room. How can Blythe not let this affect them? Then, the unthinkable happens.

What a book! This is a brutally honest look at motherhood. These characters are not depicted in a good light and some might think that Blythe’s aversion to her own daughter is way over-the-top but anyone who’s had a few rough years with a baby knows that it is right on the money. My daughter did not sleep through the night until age four and required two feedings an hour for years. So long that the doctor had her checked for a heart condition thinking she was expending too much energy and therefore requiring more food. This book triggered me in so many ways and yet I kept flipping those pages.

Many have described The Push as being compulsively readable. I agree 100%. It’s gritty and truthful and not at all pretty but it was impossible to put down. If you enjoyed Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage then you will want to read this one.

Also, Ashley Audrain has another book coming out in 2022, The Whispers.

For more reviews, visit my blog: Book Chatter. ( )
  tibobi | Apr 26, 2021 |
The Push by Ashley Audrain

Blythe Conner is a new mother to baby Violet. Motherhood is not exactly what she expected, she does not feel a maternal bond and begins to think something is wrong with her Daughter. Her Husband (Fox) dismisses her worries. She does go on to have another child a Son Sam, to which she does have a bond, but her feelings for Violet are still strained. As time goes by a tragedy occurs and reality becomes a challenge for Blythe as she questions her own judgement and sanity.

The story is very intense told through Blythe's point of view. We do learn of her upbringing, (namely) her Mother and Grandmother. As the story moves on I was beginning to understand Blythe, and see the disconnect unfolding with Violet. There were a few curves and surprises throughout up until the very end. Overall I enjoyed The Push and recommend to those who enjoy a great psychological thriller. ( )
  SheriAWilkinson | Apr 17, 2021 |
The Push is labeled a "thriller" but it's more of a psychological thriller. It's mostly a story of mothers and daughters. But these are not the expected, appropriate relationships. Three generations of mothers are portrayed. The mother-daughter bond is missing in each generation. The youngest mother, Blythe, is the central figure of the book. We see her perspective and wonder if she's predestined to carry out this lack of closeness to her daughter or if there's something more to it.

I have to say that I found one character in the novel absolutely frightening. I was afraid of their next steps and hoped I'd never meet anyone like them. Of course that depends on the portrayal being accurate. ( )
  Nancyjcbs | Mar 28, 2021 |
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