Life's Work On Becoming a Mother

ISBN-10: 0312311303

ISBN-13: 9780312311308

Edition: Revised 

Authors: Rachel Cusk
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Description: 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

List price: $19.00
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 3/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 228
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Rachel Cusk was born in 1967 and is the author of eight novels: Saving Agnes, which won the Whitbread First Novel Award, The Temporary, The Country Life, which won a Somerset Maugham Award, The Lucky Ones, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award, In the Fold, Arlington Park, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, The Bradshaw Variations and Outline. Her non-fiction books are A Life's Work, The Last Supper and Aftermath. In 2003 she was chosen as one of Granta's Best of Young Novelists.

Introduction
Forty Weeks
Lily Bart's Baby
Colic and Other Stories
Loving, Leaving
Motherbaby
Extra Fox
Hell's Kitchen
Help
Don't Forget to Scream
A Valediction to Sleep
Breathe
Heartburn
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