Aftermath By Rachel Cusk
Agent provocateur: Some critics think Cusk is as masterful as Joan Didion; others think her writing never says what she's trying to say. Love her or hate her, she'll make you think. Plot notes: A dissection of Cusk's divorce told mostly through metaphors. Polarizing effect: Her first literary memoir, A Life's Work (2001), revealed Cusk's aversion to motherhood. It garnered both praise and venomous reviews, but it's considered a bold staple about parenting.