Are you planning a book club for The Push by Ashley Audrain? Then you are in the right place to drive an incredible book club if you use these questions!
Many celebrities and morning shows have their book clubs pick. However, in my expertise as a Literature Graduate, avid reader, and book club enthusiast, I will recommend selecting this book for your future book club.
The Push mixes mystery, psychology, and contemporary elements into this adult fiction story, making it perfect to have a wine conversation about woman and motherhood.
During school, I analyzed We Need To Talk About Kevin and how motherhood has a toll on personal relationships. The Push is a similar book that covers topics from gaslighting to the self-definition and self-worth. I have written a small essay about the book, and I will recommend you to read it to understand the story and even come up with a few questions or activities, but, below, you will find a set of questions that will have your book club talking for hours.
What to ask for The Push?
Everybody likes to give their opinion, so ask them that. Look for open questions that will get the gears going:
- For you, what is to be a woman? What defines your womanhood?
- What is to be a mother? Should every woman be a mother?
- What comes first: being a woman or being a mother?
- What is first the children or the mother? Why? Do you think that Fox, Blythe’s husband, put her first or his daughter?
- Was there any feeling of seniority or sisterhood in the book? Or was Blythe on her own? What about her mother-in-law?
Remember that books are a living creature, and each one of us reacts to the stories in different ways depending on our own experiences, so be ready to ask the hard questions:
- Have you ever wonder if you were ready to be a mom?
- How many people told you that everything was going to get better even when you doubt it yourself?
- What do you consider what is to be a good mother and why?
- Do you think that is true what Blythe said? Are women desexualized after becoming mothers? Why?
- After the death of a child, just a few marriages survive. Does this happen in Blythe’s marriage? Who gave up and why? (Linked this to the previous question) (When did you suspect that he was having an affair?)
Let’s get technical?
- Who knows what gaslighting is?
- What is the origin of this term?
- Which character use gaslighting as a constant device to destroy the other character? Could you give any specific examples?
- Have you ever being gaslighted by someone?
- What is the symbolism of Blythe’s husband’s name, and how that relates to his actions?
- Do you think that Blythe’s family history had an impact on Blythe’s personality or Violet’s?
These are just a few questions that you can use to drive a book club about this book! Thrillers, mysteries, and psychological thrillers are everyone’s favorites because they are entertaining and easy to read.
I will recommend this for your book club not only because of the potential questions and conversation that you can ask but because people will have fun going through it.
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