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The Push

The Push

A Novel

Large Print - 2021
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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 fall-out forces Blythe to face the truth
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Large Print, 2021
Edition: First large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9780593295571
Characteristics: 434 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Jun 08, 2021

This is probably a pretty good, if straightforward, book on its own. Unfortunately it reminded me way too much of Lionel Shriver's "We Need to Talk About Kevin" and fell short of its predecessor at every turn.

Jun 08, 2021

I flew through this book! I am one of those abnormal women that knew from an early age that I had zero maternal instinct. I could totally relate to this woman's angst with her motherhood experience. I can understand how other women might be horrified to read and finish this book, but for me, I was all in. God bless mothers! Some children are just not easy to raise. You mothers are saints!

wendybird Jun 01, 2021

This novel completely took my breath away. Terrific reading.
Although positioned as a psychological drama, I think it could more correctly be seen as rendering of the countless doubts that motherhood brings to a confident, intelligent, woman. While the plot twists are amplified over what might happen inside a "typical" new family (in North America), I remember all too well how everything I thought I knew, everything I counted on in myself and those around me were scattered to the winds after I had my first baby. As time moves on with Audain's fictional family, you start to wonder if she is paranoid, an unreliable narrator. Show me a young woman, who has moved from a successful career and singledom, into the "family way" who doesn't have doubts and fears about even the most essential parts of her life. Those pieces lie at the heart of this book.

May 26, 2021

Horrible. Depressing. Reads like a telegram. Didn’t finish it.

May 24, 2021

This book freaked me out. I’m very thankful I don’t have young children anymore!

IndyPL_LindsayH May 18, 2021

The Push is a haunting novel that challenges the notion of a mother`s love. Blythe, the main character, was abandoned by her mother as a young girl. The only woman who shows her any love and affection is her neighbor, Mrs. Ellington. When she falls in love and marries she yearns to nurture and cherish her future child in a way that she was not by her own mother. Yet, when she gives birth and raises a little girl she can`t help, but feel a deep sense of foreboding evil inside her. One day a tragic event happens that leaves Blythe wracked with fear and paranoia. The aftermath of it rips her marriages apart and she struggles to move on.

This is definitely not a book to pick up if you are looking for a happy ending, but if you want a quick psychological thriller that will keep you turning the pages. this is a good choice. It will keep you thinking until the very end.

bocalibrary_Helen May 17, 2021

A psychological thriller that explores the psychology of motherhood and inherited trauma. Blythe Connor wants to be the mother she never had but she fears something is wrong with her daughter Violet, a fear her husband doesn't share. As Blythe questions her sanity, the story also includes flashbacks to her mother's and grandmother's lives giving a solid background to Blythe's psyche. A winning debut, recommend if you are okay with darker stories with no happy endings.

May 06, 2021

When I initially heard about this book, I didn’t think I was going to want to read it. It was described by many as a thriller, and those usually aren’t my favorite genre; however, there was a lot of hype around it so I put it on hold at my library back in January to let future me decide if I wanted to read it when my hold came through. Let me tell you, I was so glad I picked it up.

I would describe this one as more of an emotional suspense novel rather than a thriller. It was written very well, was fast-paced, and made me feel uncomfortable, confused, and want to know more in the best possible way - all of which made the pages fly by.

I could see this being the type of book someone would be able to read in one sitting, and as much as I wish I could have done this, I had work and life obligations that I couldn’t ignore. I was lucky enough to have some absolutely fabulous people to chat with it (huge shoutout to everyone who let me bug you about my thoughts throughout my read). I now see the appeal of buddy reads even though I am notoriously terrible at them.

Nonetheless, if you have had an inkling of a thought about reading this one, do not walk, RUN to wherever you get your books from and grab yourself a copy. You can thank me later.

May 04, 2021

It’s been a long time since a book has gripped me like this one. I listened to the audio version and maybe that’s part of the reason. I felt like I was a fly on the wall in Blythe’s life and it was alternately fascinating, exciting, horrifying, sad, and deeply moving. There are so many glimpses into the dark and light of this complex life we are all moving through and I found myself connecting in a myriad of ways with my own life experiences...inter-generational trauma, marriage (joys and unraveling), mother-child bonding (her and Sam), secrets kept and shared, and above all...hurt. The storyline of Violet, to my mind, was the hook here but there is a lot more to ponder. One caveat: do not read this book if you are in a dark place yourself as it is an emotional and psychological deep dive. Wondering what would happen next in this suspenseful read, however, made it very engaging. Recommend!

Apr 30, 2021

A very well written and suspenseful drama. It took a while to get into at first, but afterwards it was hard to put down.

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