When first published in 2001, it divided female critics and readers. One famous columnist wrote a piece demanding that Cusk's children were taken into care, that she was unfit to look after them. Oprah Winfrey invited her on the show to defend herself and the book as protests grew about the its honest, gritty account of the misery of those early months. It is a seminal, stand-out book on the complications of being an ambivalent mum in an age of white-washed, Annabel Karmel'd new families.
About the Author
Rachel Cusk was born in 1967 and lives in Bristol. She is the author of six novels, including Saving Agnes, which won the Whitbread First Novel Award, The Country Life, In The Fold and most recently, Arlington Park. In 2003 she was chosen as one of Granta's Best of Young Novelists.
"'Deeply fascinating... nakedly honest, witty and eloquent.' Helen Dunmore"
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st May 2008
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.6 x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.19
Edition Number: 1