Coventry by Rachel Cusk audiobook

Coventry: Essays

By Rachel Cusk
Read by Antonia Beamish

Blackstone Publishing 9780374126773


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Runtime: 7.50 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Essays
Audience: Adult
Language: English



A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of Best Books Now in Paperback

A Literary Hub Pick of Best Reviewed Fiction Books of 2019

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2019 in Nonfiction

A Time Magazine Pick of Most Anticipated Books for Fall

A BBC Culture Magazine Pick of Best Books of 2019 So Far

A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week

A Booklist Pick of the Week

A Literary Hub Pick

From Rachel Cusk, her first collection of essays about motherhood, marriage, feminism, and art

Rachel Cusk redrew the boundaries of fiction with the Outline trilogy, three “literary masterpieces” (Washington Post) whose narrator, Faye, perceives the world with a glinting, unsparing intelligence while remaining opaque to the reader. Lauded for the precision of her prose and the quality of her insight, Cusk is a writer of uncommon brilliance. Now, in Coventry, she gathers a selection of her nonfiction writings that both offers new insights on the themes at the heart of her fiction and forges a startling critical voice on some of our most urgent personal, social, and artistic questions.

Coventry encompasses memoir, cultural criticism, and writing about literature, with pieces on family life, gender, and politics, and on D. H. Lawrence, Françoise Sagan, and Kazuo Ishiguro. Named for an essay Cusk published in Granta (“Every so often, for offences actual or hypothetical, my mother and father stop speaking to me. There’s a funny phrase for this phenomenon in England: it’s called being sent to Coventry”), this collection is pure Cusk and essential listening for our age: fearless, unrepentantly erudite, and dazzling to behold.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The British novelist shares her voice on everything from motherhood and marriage to art in these pieces, which jump between memoir, criticism, and writing about writing.” Time
“The essays…[are] first-rate, marked by candor and seriousness, and they’re familiar…[with] Cusk’s abiding themes—her obligations as mother, daughter, citizen, artist, and breadwinner.” New York Times
“In Coventry, the British author of the widely admired Outline trilogy shows how central the self is to her artistic vision.” New York Times Book Review
“In Coventry…Cusk explains that her parents periodically withdraw contact without explanation. When her mother reaches out to reconnect after one such absence, Cusk decides not to re-engage, preferring to take up permanent residence in Coventry. It is from this place of exile that she observes the workings of the world.” Financial Times (London)
“Cusk’s first collection of essays is a daring return to her own voice….It delves piercingly into familiar realms of motherhood, divorce, art, feminism, and family.” Slate
“An eloquent and engrossing selection of nonfiction writing that will enhance Cusk’s stature in contemporary literature.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Opening up the deep crevices of everyday life’s paradoxes, myths, and more, Cusk pulls apart the stories we tell to reflect on the mess underneath.” Booklist (starred review)
“The overriding thread binding her essays is…allowing people to make sense of their lives. It’s something Cusk interrogates exceptionally well throughout this well-crafted compilation.” Publishers Weekly
“Sassy, honest, and memorable. Readers will come away with numerous ‘aha’ moments.” Library Journal
“Impressive and wonderful. Rachel Cusk sees the truth where the rest of us can only make out shadows. Coventry is Cusk’s theory of forms.” Lauren Elkin, author of Flâneuse



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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 : Retail CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Essays
Runtime: 7.50
Audience: Adult
Language: English