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Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation

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In 2003, Rachel Cusk published A Lifes Work, her provocative and startlingly funny memoir of the cataclysm of motherhood, and launched debates that continue to this day. Now, in her most relevant work yet, Cusk offers an intimate exploration of divorce and its tremendous impact on the lives of women—and discovers opportunity as well as pain.

An unflinching chronicle of the upheaval of her own recent separation, Aftermath is also a vivid study of divorces complex place in our society. With candor as fearless as it is affecting, Rachel Cusk maps a transformative chapter of her life with wit and acuity, and in a way that will help us understand our own.

Review:

"Recently separated from her husband, British novelist and memoirist Cusk (A Life's Work) chronicles the upheaval that follows divorce in a probing style that lays bare the divorce's impact on herself and her family. At a Christmas service with her two young children, she feels their vulnerability exposed. No longer an intact family, they now 'belong more to the world in all its risky disorder, its fragmentation, its freedom.' Cerebral and unsentimental, 40-something Cusk reveals her insights about gender roles, feminism, motherhood, and religion. In her marriage, she strove for equality, with she and her husband living together as two hybrids, each of them 'half male and half female.' During her divorce, she finds resonance in the ancient Greek dramas — their tempestuous world of feeling and fate feel truer to her than the stories of the holy family in Christianity. Feeling in exile from her own history, she says she no longer has a life. 'It's an afterlife,' she tells a friend, an aftermath, which means a second harvest — a life with knowledge of what has gone before. Interspersed within the narrative are stories within stories, vivid scenes, and piercing observations. In this thought-provoking memoir, Cusk musters her considerable literary powers to mine a complex terrain filled with heartbreak and doubt. Agent: Sarah Chalfant, Wylie Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Rachel Cusk is the author of two memoirs, A Lifes Work and The Last Supper (FSG, 2009), and seven novels: Saving Agnes, winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award; The Temporary; The Country Life, which won a Somerset Maugham Award; The Lucky Ones; In the Fold; Arlington Park (FSG, 2007); and The Bradshaw Variations (FSG, 2010). She was chosen as one of Grantas 2003 Best of Young British Novelists. She lives in Brighton, England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374102135
Subtitle:
On Marriage and Separation
Author:
Cusk, Rachel
Publisher:
Picador
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Subject:
Divorce & Separation
Subject:
Biography-Women
Subject:
Self Help-Divorce and Separation
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130730
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Recently separated from her husband, British novelist and memoirist Cusk (A Life's Work) chronicles the upheaval that follows divorce in a probing style that lays bare the divorce's impact on herself and her family. At a Christmas service with her two young children, she feels their vulnerability exposed. No longer an intact family, they now 'belong more to the world in all its risky disorder, its fragmentation, its freedom.' Cerebral and unsentimental, 40-something Cusk reveals her insights about gender roles, feminism, motherhood, and religion. In her marriage, she strove for equality, with she and her husband living together as two hybrids, each of them 'half male and half female.' During her divorce, she finds resonance in the ancient Greek dramas — their tempestuous world of feeling and fate feel truer to her than the stories of the holy family in Christianity. Feeling in exile from her own history, she says she no longer has a life. 'It's an afterlife,' she tells a friend, an aftermath, which means a second harvest — a life with knowledge of what has gone before. Interspersed within the narrative are stories within stories, vivid scenes, and piercing observations. In this thought-provoking memoir, Cusk musters her considerable literary powers to mine a complex terrain filled with heartbreak and doubt. Agent: Sarah Chalfant, Wylie Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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