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Summary

A #1 Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestseller.

A bittersweet short story about mothers, daughters, and the witches’ brew of love—and control—that binds them, by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments.

Life is hard enough for a teenage girl in 1950s suburbia without having a mother who may—or may not—be a witch. A single mother at that. Sure, she fits in with her starched dresses, string of pearls, and floral aprons. Then there are the hushed and mystical consultations with neighborhood women in distress. The unsavory, mysterious plants in the flower beds. The divined warning to steer clear of a boyfriend whose fate is certainly doomed. But as the daughter of this bewitching homemaker comes of age and her mother’s claims become more and more outlandish, she begins to question everything she once took for granted.

©2022 O.W. Toad Ltd. (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic reviews

“Narrator Hillary Huber is enchanting in the role of a daughter who is spilling her mother's dark secrets.… Huber's vulnerable confessional tone for the daughter contrasts nicely with the ringing cultured voice of her mother. Huber deftly handles the sardonic humor and emotional depth of Atwood's writing.… Both Huber and Atwood are at the top of their form with a bewitching fable that will take up residence in the listener's mind.”AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award Winner

“There’s a perfect balance of silliness and poignancy in My Evil Mother, which is really a story about the fantasies we never give up about our mothers…What loving mother wouldn’t cast a spell of protection around her children if she could?”—Ron Charles, Washington Post 

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An excellent story

Please note this is a short story last just under 1 hour.
I did enjoy it and found it clever.

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Did not really see the point of this short story

This book was pretty pointless. I would not recommend. The story had no intrigue whatsoever

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A great short listen!

This is the first short story I’ve listened to and I really enjoyed it. I loved the whole concept of the story, the narrator was very good❤️

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Yawwwwwwwwn…

Was this read by an AI robot impersonating a frog at the same time? Even at just under an hour this deadpan croak is insufferable. The story itself is dull. The idea and themes are interesting but too thinly explored here to hold interest.

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beautiful story

A fabulous mother/daughter story. Who would not let their daughter/grandchildren believe they were a witch.

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Brilliant short story

loved it! Written in Atwood's usual style, making it so descriptive and vibrant. Surely there's a little bit of a witch in all of us mothers?

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Only 1 hour!

I wasted my credit on this not realising it was only 1 hour long! Gutted.

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a mother's love

lovely short story of what mothers do to keep their children safe. if you like witchy things you'll love this story

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The mother/daughter relationship laid bare...

I enjoyed this short story immensely while on my daily amble around the park. I may have snorted out loud at points and there were a great many salient moments that probably elicited a knowing 'oh yeah' from me - I did get a funny look from a passing dog walker.

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Great easy read

I absolutely loved this short story. It flowed so smoothly and was funny and relatable

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  • 01-04-22

Short and easy listen.

Very short, sweet narrative on being a Mom and dealing with daughters. I liked it. I don't love it, but I like it enough to think it adds value to a listener.

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  • 03-04-22

Real-Life Magic

Interesting short listen about a "witch-mother" and daughter, and their travails in everyday life. What seems like magic is really just life in all its mystery, vagaries and experiences. Very well done and worth the listen.

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  • Brandi Wright
  • 01-04-22

Interesting

I wish it was narrated by people who are actually attached to this type of original works. Interesting story, nonetheless.

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  • SusieW
  • 06-04-22

What an amazing writer

Wow, she could write about anything and make it deep meaningful and entertaining. It probably helps that I’ve raised several daughters. Sometimes crazy isn’t as crazy as you thought. Give it a read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-04-22

What a treasure! 😘

This was a fun listen. It's an engaging story, presented by a pleasant narrator. Thank you!

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  • Etoile NEOhio
  • 28-06-22

Delightfil!

A great little short story. especially for mothers of adult daughters. Great little short story. especially for mothers of adult daughters and those who grew up watching "Bewitched" . Mustn't point!

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  • April G
  • 21-06-22

Entertainment

Quick listen that kept my attention and got me to smile. Give it a go.

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  • 21-06-22

Atwood strikes again.

once again the brilliant mind brings an enjoyable tale of mother and daughter. exceptional

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  • Krista
  • 21-06-22

Quick and fun!

I hesitated to listen to this for a long time but I'm so glad I finally did.