Transit by Rachel Cusk
A Novel

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...Cusk, with this latest body of work, has reinvented herself as a gifted curator of encounters, creating a portrait of one through interactions with many.
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The stunning second novel of a trilogy that began with Outline, one of The New York Times Book Review’s ten best books of 2015

In the wake of family collapse, a writer and her two young sons move to London. The process of upheaval is the catalyst for a number of transitions―personal, moral, artistic, practical―as she endeavors to construct a new reality for herself and her children. In the city she is made to confront aspects of living she has, until now, avoided, and to consider questions of vulnerability and power, death and renewal, in what becomes her struggle to reattach herself to, and believe in, life.

Filtered through the impersonal gaze of its keenly intelligent protagonist, Transit sees Rachel Cusk delve deeper into the themes first raised in her critically acclaimed Outline, and offers up a penetrating and moving reflection on childhood and fate, the value of suffering, the moral problems of personal responsibility, and the mystery of change. In this precise, short, and yet epic cycle of novels, Cusk manages to describe the most elemental experiences, the liminal qualities of life, through a narrative near-silence that draws language toward it. She captures with unsettling restraint and honesty the longing to both inhabit and flee one's life and the wrenching ambivalence animating our desire to feel real.

 

About Rachel Cusk

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Rachel Cusk was born in 1967 and is the author of seven novels: Saving Agnes, which won the Whitbread First Novel Award, The Temporary, The Country Life, which won a Somerset Maugham Award, The Lucky Ones, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award, In the Fold and Arlington Park, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and The Bradshaw Variations. Her non-fiction books are A Life's Work and The Last Supper. In 2003 she was chosen as one of Granta's Best of Young Novelists.
 
Published January 17, 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jose Teodoro on Jan 23 2017

...Cusk, with this latest body of work, has reinvented herself as a gifted curator of encounters, creating a portrait of one through interactions with many.

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