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Outline

Rachel Cusk

The first in Rachel Cusk’s critically-acclaimed trilogy, shortlisted for the Folio Prize and the Goldsmith Prize and longlisted for the IMPAC Prize.

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£8.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571346769
Date Published
03.05.2018
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Summary

Author of the Booker-longlisted novel Second Place

Outline is a novel in ten conversations. Spare and lucid, it follows a novelist teaching a course in creative writing over an oppressively hot summer in Athens. She leads her student in storytelling exercises. She meets other writers for dinner. She goes swimming in the Ionian Sea with her seatmate from the place. The people she encounters speak volubly about themselves, their fantasies, anxieties, pet theories, regrets, and longings. And through these disclosures, a portrait of the narrator is drawn by contrast, a portrait of a woman learning to face great a great loss.

Outline is the first book in a short and yet epic cycle – a masterful trilogy which will be remembered as one of the most significant achievements of our times.

‘Outline succeeds powerfully. Among other things, it gets a great variety of human beings down on the page with both immediacy and depth; an elemental pleasure that makes the book as gripping to read as a thriller… A stellar accomplishment.’ James Lasdun, Guardian

Critic Reviews

One of the most daringly original and entertaining pieces of fiction I’ve ever read.

Julie Myerson, Observer Books of the Year
Critic Reviews

Outline is smoothly accomplished, and fascinating both on the surface and in its depths.

Hilary Mantel, Guardian Books of the Year
Critic Reviews

While little happens in Outline, everything seems to happen. You find yourself pulling the novel closer to your face, as if it were a thriller and the hero were dangling over a snake pit.

New York Times
Critic Reviews

Cusk is so gifted at distilling the human condition into words that some of her observations have the profundity of those of the great philosophers.

Independent on Sunday
Critic Reviews

A stellar accomplishment.

Guardian
Critic Reviews

Brilliant . . . absorbing, thought-provoking.

Evening Standard
RachelCusk

Rachel Cusk is the author of Outline trilogy, the memoirs A Life’s Work and Aftermath, and several other works of fiction and non-fiction. She is a Guggenheim fellow. She lives in Paris.

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