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Cusk, Rachel 1967-

Overview
Works: 60 works in 556 publications in 13 languages and 14,553 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Domestic fiction  Autobiographical fiction  Novels  Romance fiction  Biography  Bildungsromans  Short stories  Humor 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Author of introduction, Interviewee
Classifications: PR6053.U825, 823.914
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Outline : a novel by Rachel Cusk( Book )

56 editions published between 2014 and 2018 in 7 languages and held by 2,264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A woman writer goes to Athens in the height of summer to teach a writing course. Though her own circumstances remain indistinct, she becomes the audience to a chain of narratives, as the people she meets tell her one after another the stories of their lives. Beginning with the neighbouring passenger on the flight out and his tales of fast boats and failed marriages, the storytellers talk of their loves and ambitions and pains, their anxieties, their perceptions and daily lives. In the stifling heat and noise of the city the sequence of voice begins to weave a complex human tapestry. The more they talk the more elliptical their listener becomes, as she shapes and directs their accounts until certain themes begin to emerge: the experience of loss, the nature of family life, the difficulty of intimacy and the mystery of creativity itself. Outline is a novel about writing and talking, about self-effacement and self-expression, about the desire to create and the human art of self-portraiture in which that desire finds its universal form
Arlington Park by Rachel Cusk( Book )

70 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in 11 languages and held by 1,719 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Arlington Park, a modern-day English suburb, is a place devoted to the profitable ordinariness of life. Amidst its leafy avenues and comfortable houses, its residents live out the dubious accomplishments of civilisation: material prosperity, personal freedom, and moral indifference. For all that, Arlington Park is strikingly conventional. Men work, women look after children, and people generally do what's expected of them. Theirs is a world awash with contentment but empty of belief, and riven with strange anxieties. Set over the course of a single rainy day, the novel moves from one household to another, and through the passing hours conducts a deep examination of its characters' lives: of Juliet, enraged at the victory of men over women in family life; of Amanda, warding off thoughts of death with obsessive housework; of Solly, who confronts her own buried femininity in the person of her Italian lodger; of Maisie, despairing at the inevitability with which beauty is destroyed; and of Christine, whose troubled, hilarious spirit presides over Arlington Park and the way of life it represents
Transit by Rachel Cusk( Book )

45 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 1,719 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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"--
The country life by Rachel Cusk( Book )

34 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A woman gives up the rat race in the city for the calm of the country--taking a job as family help--only to discover that country life with its eccentric people can be just as stressful. A British comedy by the author of Saving Agnes
In the fold : a novel by Rachel Cusk( Book )

30 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Returning to the site of a garden party where he made some lasting friendships, Michael hopes to escape his troubled marriage and brings along his taciturn young son, but discovers the place to be fraught with long-standing deceptions
Saving Agnes by Rachel Cusk( Book )

40 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 970 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A working girl in London is searching for love. Agnes works for a magazine and shares an apartment with two other girls. One day she meets a handsome, mysterious man, just what she was looking for. Alas, he turns out to be a rotter
The Bradshaw variations by Rachel Cusk( Book )

30 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 946 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As stay-at-home dad Thomas Bradshaw grows more comfortable with taking care of his eight-year-old daughter and learning how to play the piano, his wife becomes more and more at ease in the professional world, all while their parents look on in disapproval
The lucky ones : a novel by Rachel Cusk( Book )

32 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young pregnant woman wrestles with changes in her life, while a new father tries to reconnect with his younger self, a daughter searches for a lost childhood, and a mother reaches out to the offspring she cannot understand
A life's work : on becoming a mother by Rachel Cusk( Book )

26 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 808 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The experience of motherhood is an experience in contradiction. It is commonplace and it is impossible to imagine. It is prosaic and it is mysterious. It is at once banal, bizarre, compelling, tedious, comic, and catastrophic. To become a mother is to become the chief actor in a drama of human existence to which no one turns up. It is the process by which an ordinary life is transformed unseen into a story of strange and powerful passions, of love and servitude, of confinement. and compassion." "In a book that is touching, hilarious, provocative, and profoundly insightful, novelist Rachel Cusk attempts to tell something of an old story set in a new era of sexual equality. Cusk's account of a year of modern motherhood becomes many stories: a farewell to freedom, sleep, and time; a lesson in humility and hard work; a journey to the roots of love; a meditation on madness and mortality; and most of all, a sentimental education in babies, books, toddler groups, bad advice, crying, breastfeeding, and never being alone."--BOOK JACKET
The temporary by Rachel Cusk( Book )

15 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When one of corporate London's transient typists unexpectedly crosses Ralph Loman's path, her disruptive beauty ignites a brief blaze of excitement in his troubled heart. But Francine Snaith is ravenous for attention, driven by a thirst for conquest, and when Ralph tries politely to extricate himself he finds he is bound in chains of consequence
Complete stories by Kingsley Amis( Book )

10 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The short stories of Kingsley Amis - the great master of post-war comic prose - are dark, playful, moving, surprising and extremely funny. This definitive collection gathers all Amis's short fiction in a single volume for the first time and encompasses five decades of storytelling
Arlington Park by Rachel Cusk( )

14 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Kudos by Rachel Cusk( Book )

9 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and German and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A woman writer visits a Europe in flux, where questions of personal and political identity are rising to the surface and the trauma of change is opening up new possibilities of loss and renewal. Within the rituals of literary culture, Faye finds the human story in disarray amid differing attitudes toward the public performance of the creative persona. She begins to identify among the people she meets a tension between truth and representation, a fissure that accrues great dramatic force as Kudos reaches a profound and beautiful climax"--
Outline : a novel by Rachel Cusk( Recording )

12 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A man and a woman are seated next to each other on a plane. They get to talking--about their destination, their careers, their families. Grievances are aired, family tragedies discussed, marriages and divorces analyzed. An intimacy is established as two strangers contrast their own fictions about their lives. Outline is a novel in ten conversations. Spare and stark, it follows a novelist teaching a course in creative writing during one oppressively hot summer in Athens. She leads her students in storytelling exercises. She meets other visiting writers for dinner and discourse. She goes swimming in the Ionian Sea with her neighbor from the plane. 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
The Bradshaw variations by Rachel Cusk( Recording )

14 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since leaving his job to look after Alexa, his eight-year-old daughter, Thomas Bradshaw has found the structure of his daily piano practice and the study of musical form brings a nourishment to these difficult middle years. His pursuit of a more artistic way of life shocks and irritates his parents and his in-laws
Medea by Rachel Cusk( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Medea's marriage is breaking up. And so is everything else. Testing the limits of revenge and liberty, Euripedes' seminal play cuts to the heart of gender politics and asks what it means to be a woman and a wife." -- Page [4] of cover
Aftermath : on marriage and separation by Rachel Cusk( Book )

13 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author chronicles the proces of redefining herself as a single woman while creating a new family life for herself and her dauhgters, as her marrige of ten years has come to an end
The country life by Rachel Cusk( Recording )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Stella leaves London for a small village in Sussex, she hopes that the country life will be conducive to her journey toward self-discovery. She'll have no more insipid lover, dead end job, or controlling parents to endure. But, as an au pair for a dispiriting family, she's stalked by bad-tempered people, misfortune from weather and wildlife, and unwelcome suitors. Spunky and resourceful, she manages to keep a stiff upper lip, even when her darkest secret manages to catch up with her. Jenny Sterlin sparkles in her role as the irrepressible Stella. Even in the face of Stella's angst and touching vulnerability, you will find it impossible to stifle your laughter
A life's work : [on becoming a mother] by Rachel Cusk( Recording )

4 editions published between 2002 and 2016 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cusk, a best-selling novelist, is acclaimed for her humorous works. Her account of a year of modern motherhood becomes many stories: a farewell to freedom, sleep and time; a lesson in humility and hard work; a journey to the roots of love; and most of all a sentimental education in babies, books, toddler groups, bad advice, crying, breastfeeding, and never being alone
Saving Agnes by Rachel Cusk( Recording )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Agnes Day has a self-esteem problem. This story follows her through a number of one-night stands and an affair with a mysterious heroin addict
 
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
The country lifeThe country life
Alternative Names
Cusk, Rachel

Rachel Cusk British writer

Rachel Cusk Brits schrijfster

Rachel Cusk canadisk-britisk forfatter

Rachel Cusk Ècrivaine canadienne

Rachel Cusk escritora británica

Rachel Cusk kanadische Schriftstellerin

커스크, 레이철 1967-

レイチェル・カスク

Languages
English (404)

French (29)

Spanish (19)

Polish (13)

German (12)

Dutch (11)

Italian (5)

Korean (4)

Swedish (2)

Turkish (1)

Romanian (1)

Danish (1)

Czech (1)

Covers
The country lifeIn the fold : a novelSaving AgnesThe Bradshaw variationsThe lucky ones : a novelA life's work : on becoming a motherThe temporaryComplete stories