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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
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Paperback Editions

May 2021 : USA Paperback
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Title: Life's Work
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
ISBN: 1-250-82825-2 / 978-1-250-82825-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador Paper
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May 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Life's Work: Rachel Cusk
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
ISBN: 0-571-35093-3 / 978-0-571-35093-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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1635 : 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
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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
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June 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
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January 1999 : 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
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Audio Editions

May 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Life's Work
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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May 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: A Life's Work
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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May 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Life's Work
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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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
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2002 : UK Audio Cassette
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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
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Kindle Editions

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   


March 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Life's Work
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK