Our Bookseller Says:
“Unhinged in the most hilariously bleak and snarky way, it’s like Hogarth took a handful of dismal trad-wife concepts permeating pop culture, plumped them full of gelatin, satirized the recipe, and then handed it to a young woman on the verge whose only recourse was to serve us a quaking spectacle of horror and demand we take a bite.
It’s repulsive; you will ask for seconds.”
When Ralph and Abby Lamb move in with Ralph’s mother, Laura, Abby hopes it’s just what she and her mother-in-law need to finally connect. After a traumatic childhood, Abby is desperate for a mother figure, especially now that she and Ralph are trying to become parents themselves. Abby just has so much love to give—to Ralph, to Laura, and to Mrs. Bondy, her favorite resident at the long-term care home where she works. But Laura isn’t interested in bonding with her daughter-in-law. She’s venomous and cruel, especially to Abby, and life with her is hellish.
When Laura takes her own life, her ghost haunts Abby and Ralph in very different ways: Ralph is plunged into depression, and Abby is terrorized by a force intent on destroying everything she loves. To make matters worse, Mrs. Bondy’s daughter is threatening to move Mrs. Bondy from the home, leaving Abby totally alone. With everything on the line, Abby comes up with a chilling plan that will allow her to keep Mrs. Bondy, rescue Ralph from his tortured mind, and break Laura’s hold on the family for good. All it requires is a little ingenuity, a lot of determination, and a unique recipe for chicken à la king…
“Ainslie Hogarth’s new novel is a stunner. Like Mona Awad’s Bunny or Ottessa Moshfegh’s Eileen, Motherthing is a fabulous, frightening story built from fine, fine prose.”—Laird Hunt, author of Zorrie