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Author: Rachel Cusk Narrator: Kate Fleetwood Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2021 ISBN: 9781250818430
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A haunting fable of art, family, and fate from the author of the Outline trilogy

A woman invites a famous artist to use her guesthouse in the remote coastal landscape where she lives with her family. Powerfully drawn to his paintings, she believes his vision might penetrate the mystery at the center of her life. But as a long, dry summer sets in, his provocative presence itself becomes an enigma―and disrupts the calm of her secluded household.

Second Place, Rachel Cusk’s electrifying new novel, is a study of female fate and male privilege, the geometries of human relationships, and the moral questions that animate our lives. It reminds us of art’s capacity to uplift―and to destroy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Digs into the gothic core of family and romantic entanglements…It is not a novel that gladdens the soul. But gladdening the soul has never been Cusk’s project.”

    New York Times

  • “The book is an atmospheric, a mood piece, a drug…An exploration of how dangerous it is to want to see yourself reflected in the artist’s eye.”

    New York magazine

  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick in Fiction
  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week
  • An Esquire pick of Best Books of Spring
  • An Oprah Magazine Pick of the Month

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About the Author

Rachel Cusk is the author of several memoirs and a number of novels, including 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.