Cusk, Rachel

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Coventry: Essays

These 17 essays are sassy, honest, and memorable. Readers will come away with numerous “aha” moments.



Granta Best Young British Novelist Cusk completes the trilogy begun with Outline and Transit, which features a penetrating but elusive woman writer...


The narrator's apparent emotional distance makes her a sounding board for the other characters, who open up and share their lives and struggles. In a way, Cusk is unmasking one way that writers take life and turn it into fiction, and this experiment with the form and definition of the novel make this a recommended purchase where creative writing and contemporary literature collections are strong. [See Prepub Alert, 7/18/16.]


This book about love, loss, memory, and the lies we tell ourselves and others exudes a contemplative, melancholy atmosphere tempered by British author Cusk's wonderfully astute observations of people and the visual impressions created by her exquisitely structured sentences. Recipient of the Whitbread First Novel Award (Saving Agnes) and the Somerset Maugham Award (The Country Life), Cusk should be more familiar to American readers, and this novel is a solid start. [See Prepub Alert, 7/21/14.]

Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation

This memoir is full of meditations on the corrosive effects of divorce upon one family intertwined with larger, mythic themes of destruction and rebirth...

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