Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation
Using her own life as a starting point, Rachel looks at the issues that arise for a woman in the years after she has lived the defining experiences of feminity. She writes about marriage, separation, motherhood, work, money, domesticity and love. Cusk considers the kinds of generational knowledge the contemporary woman harbours, the terrors or expectations that have been passed down to her and that are refracted through the modern transformation of female status. "Aftermath" is written in the personal/political mode that characterised "A Life's Work", Cusk's acclaimed book about becoming a mother.
Rachel Cusk's major new work of non-fiction, a series of meditations on women's mid-lives and family life after divorce.
Praise for "A Life's Work" "Extraordinary." -- "The New Yorker" "Wholly original and unabashedly true . . . Funny and smart and refreshingly akin to a war diary sort of Apocalypse Baby Now." -- Elissa Schappell, "The New York Times Book Review"
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.