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Mother, Mother - A Novel

Koren Zailckas

From Koren Zailckas, author of the iconic memoir SMASHED: an electrifying debut novel about a family being torn apart by the woman who claims to love them most Josephine Hurst has her family under control. With two beautiful daughters, a brilliantly intelligent son, a tech-guru of a husband and a historical landmark home, her life is picture perfect. She has everything she wants; all she has to do is keep it that way. But living in this matriarch's determinedly cheerful, yet subtly controlling domain hasn't been easy for her family, and when her oldest daughter, Rose, runs off with a mysterious boyfriend, Josephine tightens her grip, gradually turning her flawless home into a darker sort of prison. Resentful of her sister's newfound freedom, Violet turns to eastern philosophy, hallucinogenic drugs, and extreme fasting, eventually landing herself in the psych ward. Meanwhile, her brother Will shrinks further into a world of self-doubt. Recently diagnosed with Aspergers and epilepsy, he's separated from the other kids around town and is homeschooled to ensure his safety. Their father, Douglas, finds resolve in the bottom of the bottle-an addict craving his own chance to escape. Josephine struggles to maintain the family's impeccable façade, but when a violent incident leads to a visit from child protective services, the truth about the Hursts might finally be revealed. Written with the style, dark wit and shrewd psychological insight that made SMASHED a bestseller, Zailckas's first novel is unforgettable. In the spirit of classic suspense novels by Shirley Jackson and Daphne DuMaurier, MOTHER, MOTHER is the terrifying and page-turning story of a mother's love gone too far, and the introduction of a commanding new voice in fiction.

From Koren Zailckas, author of the iconic memoir SMASHED: an electrifying debut novel about a family being torn apart by the woman who claims to love them most Josephine Hurst has her family under control. With two beautiful daughters, a brilliantly intelligent son, a tech-guru of a husband and a historical landmark home, her life is picture perfect. She has everything she wants; all she has to do is keep it that way. But living in this matriarch's determinedly cheerful, yet subtly controlling domain hasn't been easy for her family, and when her oldest daughter, Rose, runs off with a mysterious boyfriend, Josephine tightens her grip, gradually turning her flawless home into a darker sort of prison. Resentful of her sister's newfound freedom, Violet turns to eastern philosophy, hallucinogenic drugs, and extreme fasting, eventually landing herself in the psych ward. Meanwhile, her brother Will shrinks further into a world of self-doubt. Recently diagnosed with Aspergers and epilepsy, he's separated from the other kids around town and is homeschooled to ensure his safety. Their father, Douglas, finds resolve in the bottom of the bottle-an addict craving his own chance to escape. Josephine struggles to maintain the family's impeccable façade, but when a violent incident leads to a visit from child protective services, the truth about the Hursts might finally be revealed. Written with the style, dark wit and shrewd psychological insight that made SMASHED a bestseller, Zailckas's first novel is unforgettable. In the spirit of classic suspense novels by Shirley Jackson and Daphne DuMaurier, MOTHER, MOTHER is the terrifying and page-turning story of a mother's love gone too far, and the introduction of a commanding new voice in fiction.
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From Koren Zailckas, author of the iconic memoir SMASHED: an electrifying debut novel about a family being torn apart by the woman who claims to love them most Josephine Hurst has her family under control. With two beautiful daughters, a brilliantly intelligent son, a tech-guru of a husband and a historical landmark home, her life is picture perfect. She has everything she wants; all she has to do is keep it that way. But living in this matriarch's determinedly cheerful, yet subtly controlling domain hasn't been easy for her family, and when her oldest daughter, Rose, runs off with a mysterious boyfriend, Josephine tightens her grip, gradually turning her flawless home into a darker sort of prison. Resentful of her sister's newfound freedom, Violet turns to eastern philosophy, hallucinogenic drugs, and extreme fasting, eventually landing herself in the psych ward. Meanwhile, her brother Will shrinks further into a world of self-doubt. Recently diagnosed with Aspergers and epilepsy, he's separated from the other kids around town and is homeschooled to ensure his safety. Their father, Douglas, finds resolve in the bottom of the bottle-an addict craving his own chance to escape. Josephine struggles to maintain the family's impeccable façade, but when a violent incident leads to a visit from child protective services, the truth about the Hursts might finally be revealed. Written with the style, dark wit and shrewd psychological insight that made SMASHED a bestseller, Zailckas's first novel is unforgettable. In the spirit of classic suspense novels by Shirley Jackson and Daphne DuMaurier, MOTHER, MOTHER is the terrifying and page-turning story of a mother's love gone too far, and the introduction of a commanding new voice in fiction.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Rebecca Lowman

Length:

12h 1m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:11


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:45


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:18


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:07


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:18


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:10


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:58


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:03


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:41


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:08


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:35


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:23


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:00


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:57


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:59


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:43


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:24


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:23


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:39


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:03


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:55


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:36


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:39


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:29


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:47


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:17


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:17


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:16


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:22


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:16


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:41


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:29


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:08


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:01


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:56


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:56


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:38


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:09


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:17


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:57


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:45


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:00


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:29


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:42


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:27


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:01


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:45


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:33


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:20


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:14


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:16


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:56


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:37


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:05


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:10


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:54


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:00


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:51


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:26


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:09


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:39


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:40


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:52


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:49


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:07


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:59


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:42


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:59


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:48


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:33


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:00


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

10:42


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:33


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:10


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:13


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:12


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:41


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:50


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:32


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:52


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:20


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:55


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:37


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:10


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:12


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:38


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:01


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:54


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:04


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:34


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:09


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:18


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:57


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:29


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:40


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:00


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:27


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:48


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:00


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:46


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:56


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:10


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

02:51


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

07:05


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:17


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

08:03


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:56


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:41


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:34


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:25


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:39


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:13


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

07:23


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:53


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:50


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:17


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

03:05


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

07:31


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

06:18


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

07:15


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

06:36


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

06:04


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

06:54


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

06:34


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

06:08


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

03:11


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

05:12


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

06:14


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

00:28