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Life's Work
By Rachel Cusk

A Life's Work

On Becoming a Mother

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Life's Work by Rachel Cusk

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The experience of motherhood is an experience in contradiction. It is commonplace and it is impossible to imagine. It is prosaic and it is mysterious. It is at once banal, bizarre, compelling, tedious, comic, and catastrophic. To become a mother is to become the chief actor in a drama of human existence to which no one turns up. It is the process by which an ordinary life is transformed unseen into a story of strange and powerful passions, of love and servitude, of confinement and compassion. In a book that is touching, hilarious, provocative, and profoundly insightful, novelist Rachel Cusk attempts to tell something of an old story set in a new era of sexual equality. Cusk's account of a year of modern motherhood becomes many stories: a farewell to freedom, sleep, and time; a lesson in humility and hard work; a journey to the roots of love; a meditation on madness and mortality; and most of all a sentimental education in babies, books, toddler groups, bad advice, crying, breastfeeding, and never being alone.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780312311308
ISBN-10: 0312311303
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x 15mm)
Pages: 228
Imprint: St Martin's Press
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Country of Publication: United States

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In the wake of family collapse, a writer and her two young sons move to London. The process of upheaval is the catalyst for a number of transitions - personal, moral, artistic, practical - as she endeavours to construct a new reality for herself and her children.

Medea by Rachel Cusk Medea, Paperback (September 2015)

World premiere of a new version of Euripides' classic Medea. Plays in London as part of the Almeida's Greek Season.

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Author Biography - Rachel Cusk

Rachel Cusk is the author of the acclaimed novels "The Country Life "and "Saving Agnes." She lives in England.

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