Outline A Novel

by Rachel Cusk

Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

Outline A Novel Synopsis

Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015.

Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2014.

A woman writer goes to Athens in the height of summer to teach a writing course. Though her own circumstances remain indistinct, she becomes the audience to a chain of narratives, as the people she meets tell her one after another the stories of their lives. Beginning with the neighbouring passenger on the flight out and his tales of fast boats and failed marriages, the storytellers talk of their loves and ambitions and pains, their anxieties, their perceptions and daily lives. In the stifling heat and noise of the city the sequence of voice begins to weave a complex human tapestry. The more they talk the more elliptical their listener becomes, as she shapes and directs their accounts until certain themes begin to emerge: the experience of loss, the nature of family life, the difficulty of intimacy and the mystery of creativity itself.

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ISBN: 9780571233625
Publication date: 04/09/2014
Publisher: Faber & Faber Fiction an imprint of Faber & Faber
Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9780571233625
Publication date: 4th September 2014
Author: Rachel Cusk
Publisher: Faber & Faber Fiction an imprint of Faber & Faber
Format: Hardback
Genres: Literary Fiction,
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About Rachel Cusk

Rachel Cusk was born to English parents in Canada in 1967, and spent most of her early childhood in Los Angeles. On coming to England in 1975, she was sent to a Catholic convent school in Cambridge before reading English at New College, Oxford. After graduation, she lived and worked in Madrid for a year before travelling in Central America. Her first novel Saving Agnes won the Whitbread First Novel Award in 1993. She is also the author of The Temporary and Country Life. Rachel now lives permanently in North London, concentrating on her writing, as well reviewing regularly for The Times and ...

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