Transit: A Novel

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Macmillan, Jan 17, 2017 - Fiction - 272 pages
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National Bestseller A Finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize A Finalist for the Goldsmiths PrizeLonglisted for the International DUBLIN Literary Award One of Time Magazine's Top 10 Fiction Books of the Year

A New York Times Book Review Notable BookNamed a Best Book of the Year by Time, The Guardian, BOMB Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Commonweal, Southern Living, NOW Magazine, The Washington Independent Review of Books, Book Depository, The Globe and Mail, and The National Post (Canada)

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 her family’s collapse, a writer and her two young sons move to London. The process of this upheaval is the catalyst for a number of transitions—personal, moral, artistic, and 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 that 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 novel 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 second book of a precise, short, yet epic cycle, Cusk describes the most elemental experiences, the liminal qualities of life. 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.

 

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User Review  - pgchuis - LibraryThing

The blurb for this book makes it sound like a far more linear and coherent narrative than it really is. It reads mostly like a series of conversations between Faye, the narrator, and various friends ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kristelh - LibraryThing

Read this book because it is on the Giller short list. Why I am not sure. The Giller is a Canadian Award and this author is living in England and the story takes place in London. I also did not ... Read full review

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Rachel Cusk is the author of three memoirs--A Life's Work, The Last Supper, and Aftermath--and several novels: Saving Agnes, winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award; The Temporary; The Country Life, which won a SomersetMaugham Award; The Lucky Ones; In the Fold; Arlington Park; The Bradshaw Variations; and Outline. She was chosen as one of Granta's 2003 Best of Young British Novelists. She lives in London.

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