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Rachel Cusk

Biography

Rachel Cusk

Rachel Cusk is the author of three memoirs --- A LIFE’S WORK, THE LAST SUPPER and AFTERMATH --- and nine novels: SAVING AGNES, winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award; THE TEMPORARY; THE COUNTRY LIFE, which won a Somerset Maugham Award; THE LUCKY ONES; IN THE FOLD; ARLINGTON PARK; THE BRADSHAW VARIATIONS; OUTLINE; and TRANSIT. She was chosen as one of Granta’s 2003 Best of Young British Novelists. She lives in London.

Rachel Cusk

Books by Rachel Cusk

by Rachel Cusk - Fiction

In the wake of her family’s collapse, a writer and her two young sons move to London. The process of this upheaval is the catalyst for a number of transitions --- personal, moral, artistic and practical --- as she endeavors to construct a new reality for herself and her children. In the city, she is made to confront aspects of living that she has, until now, avoided, and to consider questions of vulnerability and power, death and renewal, in what becomes her struggle to reattach herself to, and believe in, life.

by Rachel Cusk - Fiction

OUTLINE is a novel in 10 conversations that follows a novelist teaching a course in creative writing during one oppressively hot summer in Athens. She leads her students in storytelling exercises, meets other visiting writers for dinner and discourse, and goes swimming in the Ionian Sea with her neighbor from the plane. The people she encounters speak volubly about themselves. And through these disclosures, a portrait of the narrator is drawn by contrast --- a portrait of a woman learning to face a great loss.