Transit - Rachel Cusk

Staff Pick

In Outline Rachel Cusk ingeniously introduced a narrator who left most of the first person out of the first-person narration. Each chapter was a conversation transcribed in detail, but eliding the narrator’s contributions. We glimpsed Faye in the interstices of what others said to her, and, implicitly, in what she chose to relate. We learned she was a writer, recently divorced, the mother of two sons. In Transit (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26), the even more mesmerizing second volume of a projected trilogy, Faye is renovating  a run-down house in London, teaching, still adjusting to being divorced, and still gathering stories. But many of these stories, when filtered through Faye’s consciousness, acquire an edgy tone. Some turn oddly violent as if Faye is a kind of poltergeist, channeling her inner turmoil and anger outward. Her neighbors get confrontational. Children at a dinner party end up in tears. A visit to a hair salon ends in a customer storming out, shattering glass as he goes. It’s an explosive, amazing, and deeply resonant novel. Look for the final installment, Kudos, soon!

Transit: A Novel (Outline Trilogy #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374278625
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 17th, 2017

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