“Barbara Monier’s breathtaking prose is put to full use in this story of intergenerational care and violence. A must-read for anyone who has ever been, or had, a mother.” —Molly Hales, author of Vital Ties
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In Barbara Monier’s third novel, a family crisis erupts when a fifteen-year-old becomes pregnant and decides to keep the baby.
Madeline serves as the primary protagonist of PUSHING THE RIVER, and the story is told largely through her eyes. As background and insight into her character – how she came to “push the river” – the unfolding action is interspersed with Madeline’s memories of her own mother.
As the book opens, Madeline describes her house as an empty shell inhabited by ghosts. She has been living alone for years, keeping to a few rooms, surrounded by the possessions of her ex-husband and grown children. Over the course of four months, (cont.) people accumulate in the household one by one — including Madeline’s new love interest, who unexpectedly shows up carrying grocery bags full of his clothes.
Mixing farce and fear in the equal measures that fill most lives, Monier follows her characters as they stumble through love, hope, and familial trust in pursuit of fruitful, fulfilled lives.
HERE’S SOME EARLY PRAISE FOR THE BOOK:
“A very powerful book about the cascading benefits and injuries of the relationships of women across generations. A great study of a character, and her efforts to hold things together amid constant chaos.” — John Manos, author of Dialogues of a Crime
“…with an eye for detail and a love of language, this is a novel about how women pass along wisdom, the relationship between mothers and daughters, the power of mothers to embarrass. The monstrous. The methodical.” — Jim Petersen, freelance journalist, writer, storyteller, author of The Century of Sex
“Like walking past a collection of fine impressionist art.” –— Clark Elliott, author of The Ghost in My Brain
“Beautifully written! Entertaining and innovative, a jewel of a tight story that unfolds powerfully in episodes. An embarrassment of riches. — Rita Dragonette, author of the upcoming The Fourteenth of September
“I couldn’t put it down. So many stories, so much emotion. Two-word review: loved it!” — Janis Post, Chicago artist
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