Aftermath by Rachel Cusk
On Marriage and Separation

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...as a whole this book doesn’t work. Cusk’s biggest problem is her main character. Her self-absorption is still acute.
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In 2003, Rachel Cusk published A Life's Work, a provocative and often startlingly funny memoir about the cataclysm of motherhood. Widely acclaimed, the book started hundreds of arguments that continue to this day. Now, in her most personal and relevant book to date, Cusk explores divorce's tremendous impact on the lives of women.

An unflinching chronicle of Cusk's own recent separation and the upheaval that followed—"a jigsaw dismantled"—it is also a vivid study of divorce's complex place in our society. "Aftermath" originally signified a second harvest, and in this book, unlike any other written on the subject, Cusk discovers opportunity as well as pain. With candor as fearless as it is affecting, Rachel Cusk maps a transformative chapter of her life with an acuity and wit that will help us understand our own.

 

About Rachel Cusk

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Rachel Cusk was born in 1967 and is the author of seven novels: Saving Agnes, which won the Whitbread First Novel Award, The Temporary, The Country Life, which won a Somerset Maugham Award, The Lucky Ones, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award, In the Fold and Arlington Park, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and The Bradshaw Variations. Her non-fiction books are A Life's Work and The Last Supper. In 2003 she was chosen as one of Granta's Best of Young Novelists.
 
Published August 7, 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 161 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Emma Gilbey Keller on Aug 10 2012

...as a whole this book doesn’t work. Cusk’s biggest problem is her main character. Her self-absorption is still acute.

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