Books by Rachel Cusk

Rachel Cusk is the Whitbread Award-winning author of Saving Agnes, The Temporary, The Country Life, The Lucky Ones, and In the Fold, and of the memoir A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother. She lives in Bristol, England.


COVENTRY by Rachel Cusk
Released: Aug. 20, 2019

"An eloquent and engrossing selection of nonfiction writing that will enhance Cusk's stature in contemporary literature."
A striking collection of essays from the acclaimed British novelist. Read full book review >
KUDOS by Rachel Cusk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"Brilliantly accomplished and uncompromisingly dark."
Brexit provides the sociopolitical background for Cusk's existential investigation into the nature of freedom and the construction of identity, the concluding volume to her brooding trilogy begun with Outline (2015). Read full book review >
TRANSIT by Rachel Cusk
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Brilliantly written and structured, which is nothing new from this superlatively gifted writer, but with a chastened empathy for human weakness that was absent from her last two novels. Its return is most welcome."
In the second installment of a planned trilogy, Cusk builds on the strengths of Outline (2015) and deepens them by giving her narrator a more human presence. Read full book review >
OUTLINE by Rachel Cusk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Dark, for sure, but rich in human variety and unsentimental empathy: a welcome change from the cloistered, self-absorbed feel of Arlington Park (2007) and The Bradshaw Variations (2010)."
Following an off-key memoir (Aftermath, 2012), Cusk returns to fiction and top form in a novel about the stories we tell ourselves and others.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"Bold, gripping, original and occasionally darkly funny."
A novelist's unflinching analysis of her failed marriage. Read full book review >
THE BRADSHAW VARIATIONS by Rachel Cusk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 6, 2010

"There's no denying Whitbread Award winner Cusk's talent and gimlet eye for revealing details, but she used to have more compassion for human frailty than she's displayed in her recent work (The Last Supper, 2009, etc.)."
Diamond-hard portrait of family life as warfare. Read full book review >
THE LAST SUPPER by Rachel Cusk
HISTORY
Released: June 2, 2009

"Not as agreeable as this season's other Author Abroad memoir, Roland Merullo's The Italian Summer (2009), but more rigorous and compelling."
As elegantly written and astutely observed as her fiction (Arlington Park, 2007, etc.), Cusk's memoir describes looking at art and getting to know the locals from Tuscany to Naples. Read full book review >
ARLINGTON PARK by Rachel Cusk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Accomplished, honest and uncompromising, but not a whole lot of fun."
Suburban motherhood is no picnic in this latest examination of intertwined lives from British novelist Cusk (The Lucky Ones, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >
THE LUCKY ONES by Rachel Cusk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 2004

"Absolutely brilliant, and deeply moving."
Five interconnected tales from Whitbread-winner Cusk (The Country Life, 1999, etc.), centered on the fraught bonds between parents and children. Read full book review >
A LIFE’S WORK by Rachel Cusk
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"'The experience of motherhood loses nearly everything in its translation to the outside world,' writes Cusk, but that's really not true in this account. Mothers and prospective mothers will find the experience as told here daunting—as well as intact, true, and whole."
A powerful, often funny account of pregnancy, childbirth, and mothering that doesn't gloss over the pain, mystery, and confusion—but does celebrates the wonder. Read full book review >