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Mother, Mother

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Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas
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Jul 08, 2014 | ISBN 9780385347259

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“Superbly unsettling…Provocative…A haunting meditation on family, love and unimaginable loss…A firecracker thriller full of whip-smart psychological insights.”
—San Francisco Chronicle

“Zailckas is a writer to watch and treasure…fiercely disturbing…one of the most profound and insightful books about mother-child relationships when they go devastatingly wrong.” —Dallas Morning News

“A creepy thriller [that] starts with an ordinary family and ends in nail-biting suspense…A horrifying and deeply moving look into the dark secrets in a seemingly ‘perfect family,’ this is a hard-hitting page turner.” —Parkersburg News & Sentinel

“A stunning debut that is sure to spark debate and cause a stir…Full of wise and witty observations, and a mounting sense of dread…brilliant firecracker-like prose, a page-turning plot, and an unmistakable voice.” —Paramus Post

“Think Mommie Dearest meets Psycho. Then just sit back, open the book, and have an absolute ball.” —Suspense Magazine

“Mind-blowing… Delving deeply into the psyches of a disturbed, vicious woman, an insecure man, and younger, developing minds, [Zailckas] cleverly uncovers the intense ways in which personal interactions affect each member of a family. Mother, Mother will certainly make you look at your relationships with your closest relatives in a very different light” —Woodbury

“Grab a copy of this book… her story is riveting. Don’t miss it.” —Hudson Valley News

“An electrifying debut novel about a family being torn apart by the woman who claims to love them most.” —Chronogram

“[An] impressive debut novel…engaging, well-crafted.” —

“Koren Zailckas’s Mother Mother is disturbing in the best possible way: believably. The slow, subtle darkness at the core of this book starts as a trickle and grows to a flash flood, and not once does it stop feeling absolutely authentic. Zailckas has written a gut-wrenching exploration of narcissism, dependence and family. It’s an amazing book.”
—Kelly Braffet, author of Save Yourself
and Josie and Jack

“An exquisitely written psychological thriller…Just as captivating as her memoirs.”

“A riveting fiction debut…it’s the kind of book that keeps you up at night, featuring a mother to rival Medea or Mrs. Bates…The shocking and violent denouement shows Zailckas to be a consummate storyteller.” —Publishers Weekly

“Richly imagined and bring[s] to mind Susanna Kaysen’s Girl, Interrupted… An excellent page-turner recommended for those who enjoy psychological thrillers and aren’t afraid of narratives that look evil in the face.” —Library Journal

“Zailckas crafts an intriguing mystery surrounding this family that will keep readers on edge as she slowly peels back layer after layer of deception.” —Booklist

“A hall of mirrors reflecting chaotic maternal psychological mayhem reminiscent of Mommie Dearest or Push or Ordinary People.” —Kirkus Reviews

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