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A Life's Work

(2001)
On Becoming a Mother
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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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Used availability for Rachel Cusk's A Life's Work


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Hardback Editions

April 2002 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
ISBN: 0-312-26987-0 / 978-0-312-26987-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

September 2001 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
ISBN: 1-84115-486-5 / 978-1-84115-486-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Paperback Editions

January 2018 : UK Paperback
Title: A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
ISBN: 1-78470-677-9 / 978-1-78470-677-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon UK   

March 2008 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: A Life's Work
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
ISBN: 0-571-23849-1 / 978-0-571-23849-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2003 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
ISBN: 0-312-31130-3 / 978-0-312-31130-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

July 2002 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
ISBN: 1-84115-487-3 / 978-1-84115-487-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

April 2002 : USA Audio Cassette
thumbTitle: A Life's Work
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
ISBN: 1-4025-0871-9 / 978-1-4025-0871-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books Unabridged
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

2002 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: A Life's Work
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
ISBN: 1-84197-483-8 / 978-1-84197-483-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Clipper Audio UK
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

January 2018 : UK Kindle edition
Title: A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
Publisher: Vintage Digital
Availability: Amazon UK   

February 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


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