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The Push: A Novel av Ashley Audrain
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The Push: A Novel (utgåvan 2021)

av Ashley Audrain (Författare)

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Medlem:lostinalibrary
Titel:The Push: A Novel
Författare:Ashley Audrain (Författare)
Info:Pamela Dorman Books (2021), 320 pages
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The Push: A Novel av Ashley Audrain

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The Push is a dark and harrowing story that touched me deeply. It begins with a mother, Blythe, whose daughter seems to contain a darkness she cannot comprehend. Blythe wonders if she is the problem, as her husband believes, until she has a second child, a son, and finds her relationship with him to be completely different. The story is further complicated by flashbacks to things that happened with Blythe's mother, and her grandmother as well. I think this quote sums it up best: "You know, there's a lot about ourselves that we can't change--it's just the way we're born. But some parts of us are shaped by what we see. And how we're treated by other people. How we're made to feel." There's another quote I'd like to include here too but I fear it will give away too much.

This is a story that will push you into deep unexplored places and ask questions about your own life as well. It was simultaneously too difficult to read and too enveloping to put down and I devoured all of it searching for understanding, even to the last word of the acknowledgements. If this is Ashley Audrain's first novel, I can't wait to see what she will write next.
  leslico | Jan 19, 2021 |
The Push is a dark and harrowing story that touched me deeply. It begins with a mother, Blythe, whose daughter seems to contain a darkness she cannot comprehend. Blythe wonders if she is the problem, as her husband believes, until she has a second child, a son, and finds her relationship with him to be completely different. The story is further complicated by flashbacks to things that happened with Blythe's mother, and her grandmother as well. I think this quote sums it up best: "You know, there's a lot about ourselves that we can't change--it's just the way we're born. But some parts of us are shaped by what we see. And how we're treated by other people. How we're made to feel." There's another quote I'd like to include here too but I fear it will give away too much.

This is a story that will push you into deep unexplored places and ask questions about your own life as well. It was simultaneously too difficult to read and too enveloping to put down and I devoured all of it searching for understanding, even to the last word of the acknowledgements. If this is Ashley Audrain's first novel, I can't wait to see what she will write next. ( )
  leslico | Jan 19, 2021 |
This book tied me in knots. I started out thinking one way, then another, back to the first and then the end, and by then my head was spinning. What a twisty story. A story about mothering, scars from the past and how the past can affect out present. Can one trust their own judgement when others don't agree. Can one mother, when they haven't been mothered? What to believe, ones own self or is one seeing things that aren't there?

What a book, kudos to this author for this intriguing psychological telling. My review, hopefully, conveys the many different positions, my confused thoughts, as I was reading. Plus, that ending left me feeling.

ARC from Edelweiss. ( )
  Beamis12 | Jan 16, 2021 |
Blythe and Fox have what is almost a perfect marriage. The only problem - Fox wants children and Blythe is reluctant. Women in her family seem to lack the mothering gene. Still, Blythe loves her husband and finally agrees. Her only hope is she'll somehow prove that she isn't like her mother and grandmother. But when their daughter, Violet, is born, Blythe can't seem to bond with her. Violet isn't an easy baby and Blythe feels guilty. On the other hand, Fox and Violet seems to have created an immediate attachment and Fox assures Blythe that she is just exhausted. But as time passes, nothing seems to get better between mother and daughter and the strain begins to affect the marriage. For Blythe, the question she wants desperately to answer- is she the problem, unable to escape the bad parenting of the other women in her family or is there something terribly wrong with Violet.

The Push, a psychological suspense novel by Ashley Audrain is one of the most highly anticipated books of 2021 and it's easy to see why. It is well-written and grips you from the very beginning. It is also Audrain's debut novel and what a debut it is.The story is told in the second person by Blythe mainly as if she is talking to Fox with occasional memories describing her relationship to her own mother and grandmother. The book is, at times, emotionally hard to read and more than once, I had to put it down just to deal with some of the happenings in the story but I was always pulled back, needing to know what happens next.

My one criticism - it was fairly obvious fairly quickly where the story would lead. However, given the impact of the rest of the story, this had a much smaller effect than it would have had in a less well-written novel. Overall, despite the havoc it sometimes played on my emotions, it definitely kept my attention even late into the night. I am definitely looking forward to reading anything by the author in the future and recommend it highly.

Thanks to Netgalley and Random House Canada for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review ( )
  lostinalibrary | Jan 13, 2021 |
The Push has to be one of the most anticipated reads of 2021. I can see why. It's quite a read.

At its core, The Push considers motherhood and its effects. Blythe knows as soon as her daughter, Violet, is born that something isn't right. Where is the bond that mothers and their children have? Why doesn't she seem to be able to connect with Violet the way her husband, Fox, does? I felt so sorry for Blythe. There are such expectations put on new parents, particularly mothers, and I really felt her frustration and upset at the way things were turning out. The story also considers the effects of children on a relationship and how it doesn't always bring a couple closer.

Interspersed with Blythe's story are small sections about her mother, Cecilia, and grandmother, Etta. It's quite clear there is a history of poor mothering. Is Blythe just following in their footsteps or is Violet the terror that she appears to be? It raises the question of nature vs nurture. Are we pre-destined to behave in a certain way based on our upbringing? I did often find myself getting confused between the three mothers and having to stop and think about where their stories fitted in, but that might just have been me. It didn't detract in any way from the read overall, just required that bit of extra consideration.

This is a compulsive and addictive read, one that is extremely thought-provoking. It is a challenging subject matter, at times shocking and most often just plain sad. The chapters are short, making it easy to get pulled into reading just another one, and then another one. The story is full of tension and the writing is sharp and cleverly executed to give the reader doubts right up to the very end.

The Push is quite the debut from Ashley Audrain. I understand it's going to be adapted for film or television and I think it will translate really well. It's dark and intense, with a sense of foreboding throughout. A compelling portrayal of a mother's hell. ( )
  nicx27 | Jan 7, 2021 |
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