Outline by Rachel Cusk

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. A Finalist for the Folio Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction One of The New York Times' Top Ten Books of the Year Named a A New York Times Book Review Notable Book and a Best Book of the Year by The New Yorker, Vogue, NPR, The Guardian, The Independent, Glamour, and The Globe and Mail

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The 598th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 4th on A Premature Attempt at the 21st Century Canon (Vulture)
  2. - 34th on The 100 best books of the 21st century (The Guardian)
  3. - The New Vanguard (New York Times)

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Outline: A Novel Audible Audiobook 71594 $19.08 2020
Outline Paperback 8434413 $10.76 $10.74 2019
Outline: A Novel (Outline Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition 30324 2015
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Kudos: A Novel (Outline Trilogy Book 3) Kindle Edition 79183 2018
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Outline: A Novel (Outline Trilogy) Paperback 31063 $8.56 $3.27 2016
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The Outline Trilogy: Outline, Transit and Kudos Paperback 151910 $25.64 $30.38 2019