In the Cut

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A. Knopf, 1995 - Fiction - 179 pages
9 Reviews
We hear the wry, brazenly honest voice of an intelligent, self-determined woman living alone in New York City. She's a teacher of writing and a scholar of language in all its eccentricities, its vagaries of meaning and effect. She likes her solitude, when she chooses it; her students, when they don't follow her home; men, when they don't expect her to belong to them. She's as unblinking and acute in her observations about herself as she is about other people. Uncertainty interests her - the wish to be surprised: "I have a...certain incautious adaptability." She has chosen a private, if unsheltered, life, and she is utterly unprepared for the danger that awaits her. In the aftermath of a particularly gruesome murder in her neighborhood, she finds herself in the grip of an unfamiliar, mounting terror. She propels herself into a risky sexual liaison, as if to test the limits of her own safety, her knowledge of the world, and her ability to interpret it - both its language and its unspoken signs. But as her fears and passions grow, she is increasingly wary not only of this one man but of every man with whom she has contact. It becomes clear that her passion, once a way of gaining control over chaos, is, instead, chaos itself. And by the time a second murder occurs, her darkest suspicions already may have been overwhelmed by the darker desires she has discovered in herself.

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User Review  - ksimon - LibraryThing

In The Cut was a quick read. It kept me turning the pages, wanting to know what would happen. The main character intrigued me at first. And that's about as close as I can get to praise for this book ... Read full review

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This book reminded me of looking for Mr Goodbar for some reason - maybe because of similarities in the plot (sleazy bars, a murder, a promiscuous but rather detached female protagonist). I finished it in a day. I'd definitely recommend it as a quick summer read. Read full review

Contents

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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (1995)

Susanna Moore is the author of the novels "The Life of Objects", "The Big Girls", "One Last Look", "In the Cut", "Sleeping Beauties", "The Whiteness of Bones", and "My Old Sweetheart", and two books of nonfiction, "Light Years: A Girlhood in Hawai'i "and "I Myself Have Seen It: The Myth of Hawai'i". She lives in Hawai'i.

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