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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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Hardback Editions

April 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: 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
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September 2001 : UK Hardback
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Title: 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
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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
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Title: 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
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Title: 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
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Title: 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
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Title: 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
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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
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Title: A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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