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Alumni Book Club

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Join the Alumni Association free online book club. 

The book club will connect through a private online forum where members can discuss the current book and network with each other. The group will spend two months on each book. Please see link below for information about the discussions and how to join. Participation is free, you just need to get a copy of the book to join in. 


Up next: THE PUSH by Ashley Audrain
Reading from January to March

Reading period begins January 6

The PUSH by Ashley Audrain

THE PUSH follows Blythe Connor, a woman whose traumatic upbringing has left her uneasy about parenthood, and eager not to repeat the mistakes of the past. Blythe is determined to be the warm, comforting mother that she herself never had, but all her worries come to the surface when her daughter Violet is born. She can’t let go of a disturbing, nagging thought: Violet is not like other children. She’s distant, stubborn, antisocial, angry. She might even be dangerous. Bad things happen around her, and it can’t all be in Blythe’s imagination. But the more Blythe tries to love and understand her daughter (and make excuses for her unusual behavior), the more she gets pushed away. Blythe’s husband, Fox, says she’s imagining things. He refuses to see what is increasingly clear to Blythe, and the conflict cracks their marriage open, revealing what the stresses of parenthood can do to a partnership.  As Fox dismisses her concerns, Blythe—isolated and ignored—begins to question her own perceptions, and even her sanity. But when her worst nightmare becomes reality, and everything she fears about Violet crystallizes into one tragic moment, she must reckon with the repercussions – and with the unsettling notion that she may have been right all along.  

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About the Author 

ASHLEY AUDRAIN previously worked as the publicity director of Penguin Books Canada. Prior to Penguin, she worked in public relations. She is a graduate of the Media, Information & Technoculture program at Western University. She lives in Toronto, where she and her partner are raising their two young children. The Push is her first novel.

Suggested Reading Schedule for THE PUSH by Ashley Audrain:

On January 6th, reply to our Before the Book question, then open the book and dive into the reading
By January 20th, finish reading Chapter 18
By January 27th, finish reading Chapter 35
By February 3rd, finish reading Chapter 52
By February 17th, finish reading Chapter 68
By March 3rd, finish reading the book and join us in our community forum to discuss final impressions and reflections 

Book Talk with Ashely Audrain on March 8

Live Author Talk Conversation with Ashley Audrain on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, from 1:00-2:00 PM EST. We hope you will submit your questions for Ashley Audrain ahead of time so that we can plan for an engaging hour of conversation with her. Book club members can click here to submit a question!

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