The second book in Rachel Cusk’s critically-acclaimed trilogy, shortlisted for the Goldsmith Prize.
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A Guardian, New Statesman, Spectator and Observer Book of the Year
**Shortlisted for the Goldsmith’s Prize**
‘A work of stunning beauty, deep insight and great originality.’ Monica Ali, New York Times
‘Tremendous from its opening sentence.’ Tessa Hadley, Guardian
‘A work of cut-glass brilliance.’ Financial Times
In the wake of her family’s collapse, a writer and her two young sons move to London. The upheaval is the catalyst for a number of transitions – personal, moral, artistic, and 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 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.
Filtered through the impersonal gaze of its keenly intelligent protagonist, Transit sees Rachel Cusk delve deeper into the themes first raised in her critically acclaimed novel Outline, and offers up a penetrating and moving reflection on childhood and fate, the value of suffering, the moral problems of personal responsibility and the mystery of change.
‘[Transit] confirms that one of the most fascinating projects in contemporary fiction is unfolding in Rachel Cusk’s trilogy.’ Adam Foulds
An extraordinary piece of writing – stunningly bold, original and humane.
Tremendous from its opening sentence . . . Page-turningly enthralling and charged with the power to move.
A work of stunning beauty, deep insight, and great originality. . . Transit is a slender novel that contains multitudes. It is a work of great ambition, beautifully executed.
I was dazzled by Rachel Cusk’s Transit . . . Cusk has perfected the brilliant, dark humour possible with a narrator apparently oblivious to the comedy of the scenes she’s describing.
Brave and uncompromising in its literary ambition, Transit is a work of cut-glass brilliance.
'Cusk pulls off a rare feat: richly philosophical fiction - addressing nothing less ambitious than how to live in relationships with others - in which ideas are so successfully and naturally embedded in the quotidian that the reader can choose whether to acknowledge them.'
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