Transcript for Ashley Audrain, author of ‘The Push,’ talks about her tense page turner
That's what Adu Time for our book club and "The push" by Ashley audrain is a "New York Times" best-seller that looks at a dark side of motherhood and Amy interviewed the author. Good morning. Good morning. It's so good and readers of "The push" are saying the last four words of the book, well, it left them speechless. I got to sit down with Ashley and chatted more about her provocative psychological thriller. Take a look. It's a complex sometimes frightening look at the often unspoken dark side of motherhood. A mother's heart breaks a million ways in her lifetime. It's Ashley audrain's debut best-selling first novel "The push." Some calling it gripping until the final line. This was such a haunting, amazing read. I mean I couldn't put this book down. This book is simply put a masterpiece and is easily become one of my most favorite books of all time. It's a thriller. It's uncomfortable. Especially if you're a mother, but, wow, is this a roller coaster of air book. I'm curious, what inspired you to write this particular tale? For all mothers, we are sort of taught by society, you know, by the people around us that it's going to look a certain way and feel a certain way and so I was really interested in exploring the story of what would happen in one woman's journey if that were not the case. Reporter: Readers are plunged into the world of blithe conner, an exhausted mother who struggles to connect with her baby daughter violet but finds little support from others in her life. This is pretty hard some days, isn't it, this whole motherhood thing. Yeah, but it's the most rewarding thing we'll ever do. Then I would stare at violet's phrase in the stroller wondering why she didn't feel like the best thing that had ever happened to me. She just wants somebody to say, oh, my god, this is hard and show her that she is not alone and they don't. Reporter: Soon blithe starts to believe her daughter is deeply troubled and even her husband ignores her cries for help in the midst of an unthinkable tragedy. You know, I think one of the main threads of this book that keeps your heart pounding is just this frustration for blithe that she's not believed making her feel like she is the problem when actually she's not. I really think that, you know, a lot of times we don't want to hear women's truths because it's not convenient and this is an example of that in the story where everybody in her world around her, it is difficult to hear what she has to say and disrupts what they want to believe so they don't listen to her and we see that the results are very damaging. I hope that helps to remind people just how important it is to listen and to believe and to give weight to women's truths. What do you hope readers ultimately will take away from the book? You know, if this is fiction, aisle so glad it's a "Good morning America" book club pick for January and I think these are tough times and want readers to have a place to get lost in. The most important thing I hope it is that for every reader to think about, you know, asking the women in your life and asking the mothers in your life, you know, the questions you might otherwise not and really making space and making time for experiences that might fall out of the typical norm. I think we're all really doing the women in our life a service if we do that. A dark fiction. A thriller, a page turner at the same time really have a positive impact on people to know that they aren't alone. That's a pretty amazing thing you've been able to do. Thank you. Now Ashley is a former book publicist inspired by the success of "Gone girl" and is seeking skyrocketing success and "The push" headed to the big screen and the team behind it with "Once upon a time in Hollywood" and "Marriage story" bringing it to life so probably going to be a pretty big make sure to read along with us at our Instagram @gmabookclub. I went straight to the last four words. Yeah, you did. And now you want to read it. Yes. If it's on the table you get to take it home, I heard. Thank you, Amy. Coming up, the postman
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