Cusk on Modern Motherhood

On Mother’s Day, Rachel Cusk writes – to serve up a hackney on rye, cliché on the side – this thought-provoking review of Rebecca Asher’s Modern Motherhood and the Illusion of Equality. It also serves as a useful reminder of Cusk’s brutal and beautiful memoir of maternity, A Life’s Work: On Becoming a Mother – one of the most honest accounts of this strange and ambivalent business of mothering I have ever read. It was a useful book for me, as I pored over its pages in between feeds in the first months (yes, months) of my daughter’s life. When I wasn’t throwing it across the room, I was sighing That’s exactly how it is. If you’re on the hunt for a last-minute Mother’s Day gift, you could do worse.

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One response to “Cusk on Modern Motherhood

  1. Tim

    I loved that book: 'Pregnancy is buying a ticket on a jumbo jet and realizing far too late that you will have to land the plane'.My children love her in-car game of sweet and sour – the sweet wave back to waves, the sour do not.In Sussex we have had to add a third category of slipper. Such is the sealed-in nature of our people.

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