Second Place

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From the author of the Outline trilogy, a fable of human destiny and decline, enacted in a closed system of intimate, fractured relationships.

A woman invites a famed artist to visit the remote coastal region where she lives, in the belief that his vision will penetrate the mystery of her life and landscape. His provocative presence provides the frame for a study of female fate and male privilege, of the geometries of human relationships, and of the struggle to live morally in the intersecting spaces of our internal and external worlds.

With its examination of the possibility that art can both save and destroy us, Rachel Cusk's Second Place is deeply affirming of the human soul, while grappling with its darkest demons.

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Title:Second Place
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780374279226
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    Second Place Reviews

  • Regina

    I feel like Rachel Cusk and everyone who has already read and reviewed her latest novel, Second Place, is smarter than me. By a lot. Like they’re all in Mensa, and I’m over here eating paste in th...

  • Jaidee

    5 "murky, malevolent, minor, malignant" stars !! Thank you to Netgalley ; Farrar, Strauss and Giroux and most of all Ms. Cusk for an e-copy of this book that is to be released May 2021. I am providing...

  • Adam Dalva

    I’m very happy to report that this upcoming novel, is fun and weird, with lots of thinking about painting and power structures, and lots of plotting beneath the surface, and a surprising Iris Murdoc...

  • Elyse  Walters

    “Why do we live so painfully in our fictions? Why do we suffer so, from the things we ourselves have invented? Do you understand it, Jeffers? I have wanted to be free my whole life and I haven’t m...

  • Robin

    Rachel Cusk, as it turns out, is a bit of an acrobat. More specifically, she's a tightrope walker, a writer who balances on the very, very fine line between brilliance and pretentiousness. It takes th...

  • Marchpane

    Longlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize ‘Nothing evil ever dies. Especially not of remorse.’ Second Place is a very strange little novel. To describe the premise or plot gives very little idea of i...

  • Gumble's Yard - Golden Reviewer

    Now Longlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize ….when we were building the second place, and had come to start calling it that in a way I knew would never change if we carried on doing it much longer, I...

  • Henk

    Now longlisted for the Booker Prize 2021! - https://thebookerprizes.com/fiction/2021Beautiful prose about a woman not really living her life, being in a seemingly perpetual second placeThe truth was t...

  • lark benobi

    I've come to the end to this novel with a new sense of how language on a page can sometimes be so vivid and captivating that it feels like a lived experience. Cusk writes in a voice here that's formal...

  • Meike

    Now Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2021The unreliable narrator of this novel harbors a dark secret - but what is it? It's the puzzling nature of the human soul and how it is pondered in this text tha...