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Saving Agnes

Rachel Cusk

A new paperback edition of Rachel Cusk’s debut novel, winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award.

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Winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award

Agnes Day – sub-editor, suburbanite, failure extraordinaire – has discovered disconcerting gaps in her general understanding of the world. Terminally middle-class and incurably romantic, Agnes finds herself chronically confused by the most basic interactions. Life and love go on without her, but with a little façade she can pass herself off as a success. Beneath the fiction, however, the burden of truth becomes harder to bear.

Critic Reviews

She is a writer with a poet’s eye for convincing detail, and touches on the raw emotions of life in a way that is affecting and true. Sceptical, ironic, beautifully resonant prose . . . A splendid novel.

Sunday Telegraph
Critic Reviews

A funny, knowing tale of middle-class, middle-twenties angst . . . Cool, resonant and accomplished.

Critic Reviews

Told with irony and insight and some surreally beautiful imagery. At times it made me laugh out loud.

Sheila Mackay

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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