Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas
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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. 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 a psych ward. Meanwhile, her brother, Will, recently diagnosed with Asperger's, shrinks further into a world of self-doubt. Their father, Douglas, finds resolve in the bottom of a 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.

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About Koren Zailckas

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KOREN ZAILCKAS was twenty-three when she wrote the international bestseller Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood, a candid and extremely controversial account of her experiences as an underage drinker. The book sparked a national conversation about teenagers and alcohol, earning her literary praise, igniting talk-show debates, and helping to change national policy. Critics described Koren as "gripping," "original," and "brutally honest," and praised Smashed as "one of the best accounts of addiction, let alone the college experience, or even what it means to be a teenage girl in America." As an expert, Koren appeared on programs like 20/20, The View, Good Morning America, The Tyra Banks Show, and Anderson Cooper 360°. As an advocate, she spoke at town-hall meetings in Washington, D.C. In 2007, she helped the U.S. Surgeon General unveil his Call to Action to Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking. Koren Zailckas currently lives in the Catskills with her two children and husband, Eamon Hamilton of the indie rock band Brakes.
 
Published September 17, 2013 by Broadway Books. 385 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In Zailckas' (Fury: A Memoir, 2010, etc.) debut novel, an unhinged matriarch drives a family into destruction.

Apr 11 2013 | Read Full Review of Mother, Mother: A Novel

Zailckas's first novel after the extremely well-received memoir Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood tells a similarly compelling story that at times is difficult to read owing to the disturbing details of abuse. The dysfunctional family at the center of the novel is run like a corporation by a t...

Sep 01 2013 | Read Full Review of Mother, Mother: A Novel

Having published the searing memoir Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood, which has sold more than 500,000 copies, Z

Apr 15 2013 | Read Full Review of Mother, Mother: A Novel

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