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Second Place

by Rachel Cusk

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Second Place by Rachel Cusk
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    May 2021, 192 pages

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A mesmerizing prism of a novel exploring a woman's navigation through relationships and art.

Rachel Cusk's Outline trilogy drew much of its substance from monologues and dialogues that swirled around a frequently near-invisible protagonist, a writer named Faye. Her first book since the conclusion of the trilogy, Second Place, is based on the heated interactions between author D.H. Lawrence and arts patron Mabel Dodge Luhan that occurred during Lawrence's stay in Taos, New Mexico (see Beyond the Book). While this premise may sound highly specific, its influence is not obvious within the confines of the story, which generates a similar sense of everyday intrigue as Cusk's previous novels, despite some key differences.

The first-person narrator, a middle-aged woman known only as M, invites an artist, L, to stay in a second residence (the "second place") belonging to her and her husband, Tony, on the remote marshland where they live. L has had a significant influence on M through...

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