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A life's work : on becoming a mother

Author: Rachel Cusk
Publisher: London : Fourth Estate, 2001.
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"The experience of motherhood is an experience in contradiction. It is commonplace and it is impossible to imagine. It 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  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Cusk, Rachel, 1967-
Life's work.
London : Fourth Estate, 2001
(OCoLC)606598950
Online version:
Cusk, Rachel, 1967-
Life's work.
London : Fourth Estate, 2001
(OCoLC)609289569
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rachel Cusk
ISBN: 1841154865 9781841154862
OCLC Number: 59510733
Description: 212 pages ; 19 cm
Responsibility: Rachel Cusk.

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In this work, novelist Rachel Cusk tells the story of motherhood - an old story set in a new era of sexual equality. Her year of modern motherhood is many stories: a farewell to freedom, sleep and  Read more...

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