In the wake of family collapse, a writer and her two young sons move to London. The process of upheaval is the catalyst for a number of transitions - personal, moral, artistic, practical - as she endeavours to construct a new reality for herself and her children.
In the city she is made to confront aspects of living 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.
©2016 Rachel Cusk (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd
"One of the most daringly original and entertaining pieces of fiction I've ever read." (Observer on Outline)
"Brilliant...absorbing, thought-provoking." (Evening Standard on Outline)
No. Julia Franklin is usually excellent - her readings of Joanna Trollopes books are wonderful and I lose hours and hours wrapped in them. with this book she sounds as bored and confused as me and there are way too many breathy " he said" "she saids"
Yes I have tried many and they are great.
Most of it. I got up to the literary festival part and after that I was completely lost as to what was happening. I had struggled to form any bond with the characters up to that point and have no idea what the story is supposed to be about.
A remark novel in which the narrator brings us into encounters with neighbours, friends, tradesmen, an email offing astrological truths, a writing student etc. Each conversation which has a great wit and a sense of playfulness evoked in my mind the most important questions of who we think we are - how we hold onto the things that are over how we iimagine our 'fate' or making our freedom and are they that different.
The best for me is the encounter with her short story writing group and a man who is asked to talk about a dog he loves.
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