Second Place by Rachel Cusk audiobook

Second Place: A Novel

By Rachel Cusk
Read by Kate Fleetwood

Harper Perennial
6.30 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9781443464123

On a sun-soaked Parisian street, M, a mother on the brink of rebellion, wanders into a famous artist’s gallery show. The artist’s paintings speak—quite literally—to her, promising a liberation usually reserved for men. She returns to the coastal home she shares with her husband, but the unsettling impression of the art, and the evasive artist, remains. So she writes, inviting him to stay in their second place, a modest cottage salvaged from the land. When historical catastrophe upends daily life, M’s daughter returns to the marsh, along with her prim, privileged boyfriend. The painter arrives, too, accompanied by a lithe, cosmopolitan lover. Resigned to the perilous indoors, fissures form within the strange group. The painter’s quietly demonic presence wreaks havoc with M, plunging her into existential disarray. As secrets, alliances and private desires come to light, she is forced to choose between her deepest impulses: to comply or to rebel completely. Like her acclaimed Outline trilogy, Rachel Cusk’s Second Place transcends its form. Inspired by Lorenzo in Taos, Mabel Dodge Luhan’s 1932 memoir of the writer D. H. Lawrence’s fraught visit to her communal property, the novel hovers between past and present, Gothic and contemporary, fable and truth—continuing to haunt us long after we’ve looked away.

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Summary

Summary

An Esquire pick of Best Books of Spring

An Oprah Magazine Pick of Best Books of the Month

An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick in Fiction

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

A London Sunday Times Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2021

An Elle Magazine Pick of 2021's Most Anticipated Novels

A Vogue Pick of Upcoming Books

An Esquire pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2021

A Town & Country Magazine Pick of Most Anticipated Upcoming Books

On a sun-soaked Parisian street, M, a mother on the brink of rebellion, wanders into a famous artist’s gallery show. The artist’s paintings speak—quite literally—to her, promising a liberation usually reserved for men. She returns to the coastal home she shares with her husband, but the unsettling impression of the art, and the evasive artist, remains. So she writes, inviting him to stay in their second place, a modest cottage salvaged from the land. When historical catastrophe upends daily life, M’s daughter returns to the marsh, along with her prim, privileged boyfriend. The painter arrives, too, accompanied by a lithe, cosmopolitan lover. Resigned to the perilous indoors, fissures form within the strange group. The painter’s quietly demonic presence wreaks havoc with M, plunging her into existential disarray. As secrets, alliances and private desires come to light, she is forced to choose between her deepest impulses: to comply or to rebel completely. Like her acclaimed Outline trilogy, Rachel Cusk’s Second Place transcends its form. Inspired by Lorenzo in Taos, Mabel Dodge Luhan’s 1932 memoir of the writer D. H. Lawrence’s fraught visit to her communal property, the novel hovers between past and present, Gothic and contemporary, fable and truth—continuing to haunt us long after we’ve looked away.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Artistic truth, in her books, is always a savage thing.” Wall Street Journal
“Digs into the gothic core of family and romantic entanglements…It is not a novel that gladdens the soul. But gladdening the soul has never been Cusk’s project.” New York Times
“The book is an atmospheric, a mood piece, a drug…An exploration of how dangerous it is to want to see yourself reflected in the artist’s eye.” New York magazine
“Brilliant prose and piercing insights convey a dark but compelling view of human nature.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Rachel Cusk

Author Bio: Rachel Cusk

Rachel Cusk is the author of several memoirs and a number of novels, including Saving Agnes, winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award; The Temporary; The Country Life, which won a Somerset Maugham Award; The Lucky Ones; In the Fold; Arlington Park; and The Bradshaw Variations. She was chosen as one of Granta’s 2003 Best of Young British Novelists. She lives in London.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 6.30
Audience: Adult
Language: English