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  • Published: 30 March 2021
  • ISBN: 9781760897314
  • Imprint: Penguin Random House Australia Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $29.99

Like Mother




Secrets, lies and crying babies, everyone has a breaking point.

It’s 1969 and mankind has leapt up to the moon, but a young mother in small-town Australia can’t get past the kitchen door. Louise Ashland ­is exhausted – her husband, Steven, is away on the road and her mother, Gladys, won't leave her alone. At least her baby, Dolores, has finally stopped screaming and is sweetly sleeping in her cot. Right where Louise left her. Or is she?

As the day unravels, Louise will unearth secrets her mother – and perhaps her own mind – have worked hard to keep buried. But what piece of family lore is so terrible that it has been kept hidden all this time? And what will exposing it reveal about mother and daughter?

Like Mother explores what is handed down from generation to generation, and asks us whether a woman’s home is her castle or her cage.

  • Published: 30 March 2021
  • ISBN: 9781760897314
  • Imprint: Penguin Random House Australia Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $29.99

About the author

Cassandra Austin

Cassandra Austin is a homesick Australian who lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children. The author of two previous novels with Penguin Random House Australia, she worked as a criminologist and documentary film-maker, before deciding to pursue a career in writing. She is currently working with her husband, Adam Simon, co-creator of the TV show Salem, on a new TV pitch. She can be found at www.cassandraaustin.com, on Twitter @ casaustinauthor and Instagram at casaustin1

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Praise for Like Mother

Elusive, unsettling and absolutely compelling – I couldn’t put it down.

Rosalie Ham

There are novels about motherhood, the decay of suburban Australia, marriage, secrets and deceit, and then there is Like Mother. Original, forebodingly - beautiful, effortlessly textured and nuanced, Austin delivers a gothic exploration of what happens when men view women as an inconvenience and motherhood is treated like a disease of the heart. Her characters are unforgettable gifts. Years of deceit and the inability to speak about loss, shame, and guilt are presented as infestations that drive us to perpetually question our realities and keep us from ourselves. Austin masterfully handles the dark heart of mother love and protection as both a nightmare and a heartbreak. A true piece of literary gold for those of us who relish an excavation of what lies beneath the facade.

Sarah Schmidt

A mesmerising read of one day in the collapsing life of a brand new mother. The lens on mothers and daughters is compelling. The book covers just one day and you will want to finish it too in just one day.

Anne Brinsden

Like Mother has the pulse of a psychological thriller and the beating heart of a twisted love story about the powerful connections between children and parents.

Aoife Clifford

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