Title: Push, The
Authors: Audrain, Ashley
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 303
Year: 2021
Language: English
Description: In the great genetic lottery of life, Blythe Connor inherited a maternal history of abuse, neglect and abandonment. She intends breaking the cycle when she has children, but when Violet is born, she seems ... different, and it becomes even more apparent when baby number two, Sam, is born. But if Blythe's husband and father to the children doesn't believe it, why would anyone else? Maybe Blythe has good reason to doubt her ability to mother.

Immersive and perturbing, this is a thought-provoking examination of the nature versus nurture debate and the weighty societal expectations of motherhood.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"I loved the writing style. I was immersed in this story, I needed to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next."

"The ending was so powerful that I gasped out loud."

"The descriptions of grief are heart-breaking."

"I loved the cleverness of the ambiguous title. Is 'the push' a reference to giving birth, or is it 'something else'?"

"I can imagine our book group having a very robust discussion about this book!"

"The book is a compulsive read and I found it unputdownable although my stomach would be turning."

Categories: Fiction, Grief/loss, Relationships, Suspense/Thriller, 2023 Titles


[Please log in to write a review]
By: WHAKA 020 2022-06-22 13:13:36
Our group found this book particularly harrowing to read. It created a lot of discussion - even though harrowing, you couldn't put it down.

The Book Discussion 
Scheme is a member of the Federation of Workers Educational Associations in Aotearoa New Zealand
BDS is a member of the Federation of Workers Educational Associations