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Second Place: A Novel

Second Place: A Novel

by Rachel Cusk
Second Place: A Novel

Second Place: A Novel

by Rachel Cusk


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A haunting fable of art, family, and fate from the author of the Outline trilogy.

A woman invites a famous artist to use her guesthouse in the remote coastal landscape where she lives with her family. Powerfully drawn to his paintings, she believes his vision might penetrate the mystery at the center of her life. But as a long, dry summer sets in, his provocative presence itself becomes an enigma—and disrupts the calm of her secluded household.

Second Place, Rachel Cusk’s electrifying new novel, is a study of female fate and male privilege, the geometries of human relationships, and the moral questions that animate our lives. It reminds us of art’s capacity to uplift—and to destroy.

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ISBN-13: 9781250838681
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 04/19/2022
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 87,093
Product dimensions: 5.35(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Rachel Cusk is the author of the Outline trilogy, the memoirs A Life’s Work and Aftermath, and several other works of fiction and nonfiction. She is a Guggenheim Fellow. She lives in Paris.

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