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The Country Life

(1997)
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Stella's hopes for the Maddens may be high, but her station among them - as au pair to their irascible son Martin - is undeniable low. What could possibly have driven her to leave her home, job, and life in London for such rural ignominy? Why has she severed all contact with her parents? Why is she so reluctant to talk about her past? And who, exactly, is Edward?.

It soon becomes clear that Stella falls short of even the meager specifications her new role requires, most noticeably in the area of "aptitude for the country life." The Maddens are intimidating, their house a labyrinth of topiary and taste, their dog an uncertain ally - how can she possibly turn to them for guidance? Assailed by weather, wildlife, and the unwelcome attentions of neighboring suitors, Stella battles through the days - until all her misfortunes combine to bring about a debacle straight out of her worst nightmares..

The Country Life is a rich and subtle novel about embarrassment, awkwardness and being alone; about families, or the lack of them; and about love in some peculiar guises.

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Hardback Editions

January 1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Country Life
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
ISBN: 0-312-19848-5 / 978-0-312-19848-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador USA
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June 1997 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Country Life
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
ISBN: 0-330-34922-8 / 978-0-330-34922-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Paperback Editions

October 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Country Life
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
ISBN: 0-571-27209-6 / 978-0-571-27209-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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June 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Country Life
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
ISBN: 0-330-34923-6 / 978-0-330-34923-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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January 2000 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Country Life: A Novel
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
ISBN: 0-312-25280-3 / 978-0-312-25280-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Audio Editions

October 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Country Life
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
Publisher: Recorded Books
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October 2008 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Country Life
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon CA   


October 2008 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Country Life
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


1999 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Country Life
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
ISBN: 0-7887-3754-6 / 978-0-7887-3754-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books Inc
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Kindle Editions

February 2015 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Country Life: A Novel
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
Publisher: Picador
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October 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Country Life
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK