Behind the closed doors of suburbia, a darkly funny and moving insight into modern relationships.
Juliet is enraged at the victory of men over women in family life. Amanda is warding off thoughts of death with obsessive housework. Solly is confronting her own buried femininity in the person of her Italian lodger. Maisie despairs at the inevitability with which beauty is destroyed. And Christine's troubled, hilarious spirit presides over Arlington Park and the way of life it represents.
Rachel Cusk's sixth novel is her best yet. Full of compassion and wit, she writes about the domestic lives, private thoughts and fears of a group of remarkable and instantly recognisable women.
Rachel Cusk was born in 1967 and is the author of five previous novels: Saving Angus, which won the Whitbread First Novel Award; The Temporary, The Country Life, which won the Somerset Maugham Award and The Lucky Ones, which was shortlisted for the WHitbread Novel Award and In the Fold. Her non-fiction book A Life's Work was published to huge acclaim in 2001. In 2003 she was chosen as one of Granta's Best of Young Novelists. She lives in Bristol.
Short-listed Orange Prize. 2007 AU
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