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A Life's Work by Rachel Cusk
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May 24, 11

really liked it
Read from April 26 to May 24, 2011

Finished this awhile ago; have not been updating my Goodreads. Wavered between four and five stars for this. It was beautifully written and captured a lot of the more terrifying, uncomfortable aspects of pregnancy perfectly. I can't speak for the motherhood bits yet, but they were powerful as well (though hard to read at times). Rachel Cusk obviously has some issues of her own that she's working through in this writing and I don't believe her work is completely representative of motherhood on the whole, but it comes pretty damn close. Her honesty is frightening and refreshing, and if nothing else she captures the somewhat suffocating mania behind the "woman" to "mother" transition well. Recommended for every woman or anyone with a mother (this means you!). A powerful read overall.

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