by Rachel Cusk
“In her effort to expose the illusions of both fiction and life, [Rachel Cusk] may have discovered the most genuine way to write a novel today.” – Ruth Franklin, The Atlantic
Cusk is one of the “women… shaping the way we read and write fiction in the twenty-first century.” – The New York Times Book Review
A woman on a plane listens to the stranger in the seat next to hers telling her the story of his life: his work, his marriage, and the harrowing night he has just spent burying the family dog. That woman is Faye, who is now on her way to Europe to promote the book she has just published. Once she reaches her destination, the conversations she has with the people she meets – about art, about family, about politics, about love, about sorrow and joy, about justice and injustice – are the most far-reaching questions human beings ask.
These conversations, the last of them with her son, rise dramatically and majestically to a beautiful conclusion.
Kudos completes Rachel Cusk’s trilogy with overwhelming power. The trilogy is one of the great achievements in fiction.
About RACHEL CUSK
Rachel Cusk is the author of Outline and Transit, the first two novels in her trilogy, as well as the memoirs A Life’s Work, The Last Supper, and Aftermath. She has also written several other novels: Saving Agnes, winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award; The Temporary; The Country Life, which won a Somerset Maugham Award; The Lucky Ones; In the Fold; Arlington Park; and The Bradshaw Variations. She was chosen as one of Granta‘s 2003 Best of Young British Novelists. She lives in London. Image credit: Siemon Scamell-Katz