Ashley Audrain

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Ashley Audrain
Born1982 (age 39–40)

Ashley Audrain (born 1982) is a Canadian writer.[1][2] During a July 2019 interview with the Toronto Star Audrain described her debut novel, The Push, as a "psychological drama told through the lens of motherhood." The story is about a woman who is unsure whether or not there is something wrong with her daughter, Violet. This causes strain in her marriage to a man named Fox Connor. The mother is an unreliable narrator who may be suffering from postpartum depression.

Prior to turning her hand to writing, Audrain was publicity director for Penguin Canada, which is now an imprint of the Canadian division of Penguin Random House.[1][2] In 2015 a health crisis with her youngest child caused her to retire.[citation needed] She found writing was an occupation she could undertake at home.[citation needed]

The Bookseller reports that her UK book deal, with Michael Joseph Limited, an imprint of the UK division of Penguin Random House, was worth approximately one million British pounds, while her US book deal was in "the high seven figures".[3] The first book of the two book deal was released for sale in US and Canada on January 5, 2021.[4]


  1. ^ a b Raju Mudhar (2019-07-10). "Meet Ashley Audrain, the Toronto author who has the publishing world buzzing". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on 2019-07-11. Retrieved 2019-07-11. Viking U.S. also quickly bought the book. This is almost unheard of in the industry, as it's an unpublished debut novel, it was sold outside of a book fair and the summer is generally considered a quiet time in the publishing world.
  2. ^ a b Ryan Porter (2019-07-11). "Former Penguin publicist lands record-breaking deal for debut novel". Quill & Quire. Archived from the original on 2019-07-11. Retrieved 2019-07-11. Penguin Canada, which bought the Canadian rights as part of a two-book deal, didn't have to look far for Audrain – the 37-year-old worked as the publisher's in-house publicity director until 2015.
  3. ^ Heloise Wood (2019-07-10). "Audrain's debut thriller nets £1m in UK deal". The Bookseller. Archived from the original on 2019-07-11. Retrieved 2019-07-11. The Bookseller understands the UK deal is worth £1m ($1.2m) while the subsequent deal with Pamela Dorman Books/Viking in the US is a higher seven-figure deal. Milburn did not disclose the figures. The Bookseller sourced the figures from third parties.
  4. ^ "The Push Written by Ashley Audrain". Penguin Random House. Retrieved 6 January 2021.