Transit

Transit

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The stunning second novel of a trilogy that began with Outline, one of The New York Times Book Review’s ten best books of 2015.

In the wake of family collapse, a writer and her two young sons move to London. The process of upheaval is the catalyst for a number of transitions—personal, moral, artistic, practical—as she endeavors to construct a new reality for herself and her children. In the city she is made to confront aspects of living she has, until now, avoided, and to consider questions of vulnerability and power, death and renewal, in what becomes her struggle to reattach herself to, and believe in, life.

Filtered through the impersonal gaze of its keenly intelligent protagonist, Transit sees Rachel Cusk delve deeper into the themes first raised in her critically acclaimed Outline, and offers up a penetrating and moving reflection on childhood and fate, the value of suffering, the moral problems of personal responsibility, and the mystery of change. In this precise, short, and yet epic cycle of novels, Cusk manages to describe the most elemental experiences, the liminal qualities of life, through a narrative near-silence that draws language toward it. She captures with unsettling restraint and honesty the longing to both inhabit and flee one's life and the wrenching ambivalence animating our desire to feel real.

Title:Transit
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780374278625
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    Transit Reviews

  • Fionnuala

    I watched as the reader glanced up from the page, sat for a moment without moving, then closed the book. "That episode about the dog," she said, turning to me, "the episode where the creative writing ...

  • Elyse  Walters

    “Transit” - book 2 - in the “Ouline Series”, was so incredibly magnificent from the start —that by the first touch of my finger turning my ebook Kindle page to the next - still only 1% read ...

  • Jaidee

    5 "refreshing, uproarious, precise" stars !!! 7th Favorite Read of 2018 Award In 2016 I read Outline, the first in this trilogy by Ms. Cusk and was blown away by her prose, her train of thought and t...

  • Adam Dalva

    I loved this - an improvement on Outline. It has the same intensely observed, rigorous sequence of encounters, but here, the stakes are slightly higher, as our lead buys a flat (set up in part 1), goe...

  • Violet wells

    Always happy to read Rachel Cusk even though I'm still to love any of her books without reservations. Her early novels now all blur together in my mind. There was often a sense that the conventions of...

  • Trish

    It is strange, I suppose, for me to describe this trilogy of books as though they were thrillers, but they acted that way upon my consciousness. I read them out of order, 3-1-2, so I will discuss the ...

  • Hugh

    This continues the pattern started in its predecessor Outline. Once again the narrator Faye remains something of a blank cipher and most of the story is generated by the people she talks to, a shiftin...

  • Julie Ehlers

    Rachel Cusk’s dreamlike Outline, about a writer’s trip to Greece in the aftermath of a divorce, was one of my favorite novels of 2015. Wandering in the languid heat of Athens, the main character, ...

  • Teresa

    I had found out more, I said, by listening than I ever thought possible.In this second installment of a trilogy, the narrator Faye (only named once, as she was in the first book, Outline) continues he...

  • Kalliope

    And here I am transiting between the first and final volume of Cusk’s trilogy. For Transit this is.Some time had passed since I read Outline and I picked up its continuation, so very different and s...