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Outline

A Novel

by Rachel Cusk

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list price: $19.99
edition:Paperback
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category: Fiction
published: Sep 2015
ISBN:9781443447102
publisher: HarperCollins
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Outline is a novel in ten conversations. Spare and lucid, it follows a novelist teaching a course in creative writing during an oppressively hot summer in Athens. She leads her students in storytelling exercises. She meets other visiting writers for dinner. She goes swimming with an elderly Greek bachelor. 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 a great loss. Outline is Rachel Cusk’s finest work yet, and one of the most startling, brilliant and original novels of recent years.

About the Author

Rachel Cusk

RACHEL CUSK is the author of three memoirs—A Life’s WorkThe Last Supper and Aftermath—and several novels: Saving Agnes, winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award; The TemporaryThe Country Life, which won a Somerset Maugham Award; The Lucky OnesIn the FoldArlington Park; and The Bradshaw Variations. Her first two novels in the Outline trilogy, Outline and Transit, were finalists for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and Outline was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. She was chosen as one of Granta’s 2003 Best of Young British Novelists. She lives in London.

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Editorial Reviews

“Quietly radical. . . . Ingenious.”

— Vogue

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

— The Observer

“Mesmerizing.”

— The New Yorker

“Cusk is a master of sparse, exquisite prose. . . . [Outline] successfully conveys all of her admirable honesty in the safe harbour of fiction, and somehow delivers more human truths than most memoirs ever could.”

— The Globe and Mail

“Beautiful.”

— Toronto Star

“[A] lethally intelligent novel. . . . Spend much time with this novel and you’ll become convinced that [Cusk] is one of the smartest writers alive. ”

— New York Times

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