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Coventry

Coventry

by Rachel Cusk

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Overview

From Rachel Cusk, her first collection of essays about motherhood, marriage, feminism, and art

Rachel Cusk redrew the boundaries of fiction with the Outline Trilogy, three “literary masterpieces” (The Washington Post) whose narrator, Faye, perceives the world with a glinting, unsparing intelligence while remaining opaque to the reader. Lauded for the precision of her prose and the quality of her insight, Cusk is a writer of uncommon brilliance. Now, in Coventry, she gathers a selection of her nonfiction writings that both offers new insights on the themes at the heart of her fiction and forges a startling critical voice on some of our most urgent personal, social, and artistic questions.

Coventry encompasses memoir, cultural criticism, and writing about literature, with pieces on family life, gender, and politics, and on D. H. Lawrence, Françoise Sagan, and Kazuo Ishiguro. Named for an essay Cusk published in Granta (“Every so often, for offences actual or hypothetical, my mother and father stop speaking to me. There’s a funny phrase for this phenomenon in England: it’s called being sent to Coventry”), this collection is pure Cusk and essential reading for our age: fearless, unrepentantly erudite, and dazzling to behold.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374126773
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 09/17/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 972,382
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Rachel Cusk is the author of Outline, Transit, Kudos; the memoirs A Life’s Work, The Last Supper, and Aftermath; and several other novels: Saving Agnes, winner of the Whitbread Award; The Temporary; The Country Life, which won the 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.

Table of Contents

I: Coventry

Driving as Metaphor

Coventry

On Rudeness

Making Home

Lions on Leashes

Aftermath

II: A Tragic Pastime

Louise Bourgeois: Suites on Fabric

I Am Nothing, I Am Everything

Shakespeare’s Sisters

How to Get There

III: Classics and Bestsellers

Edith Wharton: The Age of Innocence

D. H. Lawrence: The Rainbow

On Françoise Sagan

Olivia Manning: The Balkan Trilogy

Eat, Pray, Love

Never Let Me Go

On Natalia Ginzburg