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Outline
Title
Outline
Statement of responsibility
Rachel Cusk
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A luminous, powerful novel that establishes Rachel Cusk as one of the finest writers in the English language A man and a woman are seated next to each other on a plane. They get to talking—about their destination, their careers, their families. Grievances are aired, family tragedies discussed, marriages and divorces analyzed. An intimacy is established as two strangers contrast their own fictions about their lives. Rachel Cusk's Outline is a novel in ten conversations. Spare and stark, it follows a novelist teaching a course in creative writing during one oppressively hot summer in Athens. She leads her students in storytelling exercises. She meets other visiting writers for dinner and discourse. She goes swimming in the Ionian Sea with her neighbor from the plane. The people she encounters speak volubly about themselves: their fantasies, anxieties, pet theories, regrets, and longings. And through these disclosures, a portrait of the narrator is drawn by contrast, a portrait of a woman learning to face a great loss. Outline takes a hard look at the things that are hardest to speak about. It brilliantly captures conversations, investigates people's motivations for storytelling, and questions their ability to ever do so honestly or unselfishly. In doing so it bares the deepest impulses behind the craft of fiction writing. This is Rachel Cusk's finest work yet, and one of the most startling, brilliant, original novels of recent years
Member of
Summary
An innovative novel captures 10 conversations involving the narrator, a novelist teaching a course in creative writing during one oppressively hot summer in Athens
Theme
Storyline
Pace
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2015
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2015
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10392041
Cataloging source
DLC
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1967-
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Cusk, Rachel
Dewey number
823.914
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
Series statement
Outline
Series volume
0001
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
Target audience
adult
Label
Outline
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Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:2fe76aff-7aff-47b8-ac39-23a559455992
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780374712365
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Outline
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:2fe76aff-7aff-47b8-ac39-23a559455992
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
http://library.link/vocab/inputERC
True
Isbn
9780374712365
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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