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 U.S. readers protested about the book's 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.
Rachel Cusk was born in 1967 and is the author of six 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 Broadband Prize for Fiction. A Life's Work was first published in 2001. In 2003 she was chosen as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists.