Transit (Paperback)

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Transit is the second novel of a trilogy that began with Outline. Faye follows a friend's advice that, with limited funds, "it was better to buy a bad house in a good street than a good house somewhere bad," and purchases a rickety apartment on a nice street in London. She's a recently divorced writer with two young sons. The scene is thus set for a renovation courtesy of Albanian and Polish builders and conflicts with the malignant couple in the apartment below. As Faye encounters the builders, the neighbors, an ex-boyfriend, her hairdresser, and fellow writers at a literary festival, she tells their backstories with a fierce intelligence and wit. It's a brilliant novel.

— Pat

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National Bestseller - A Finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize - A Finalist for the Goldsmiths Prize - Longlisted 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 Book - Named a Best Book of the Year by The Guardian, Southern Living, NOW Magazine, The Washington Independent Review of Books, and The Globe and Mail

The Stunning Second Novel of a Trilogy That Began with Outline, One of New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year

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.

About the Author


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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250151797
ISBN-10: 1250151791
Publisher: Picador USA
Publication Date: December 19th, 2017
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Outline Trilogy