A Finalist for the Folio Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction
One ofThe New York Times'Top Ten Books of the Year. Named aANew York Times Book ReviewNotable Book and a Best Book of the Year byThe New Yorker,Vogue, NPR, The Guardian,The Independent,Glamour,andThe Globe and Mail
Chosen as one of fifteen remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write in the 21st century by the book critics ofThe New York Times
Rachel Cusk's Outlineis a novel in ten conversations. Spare and lucid, it follows a novelist teaching a course in creative writing over an oppressively hot summer in Athens. She leads her students in storytelling exercises. She meets other visiting writers for dinner. She goes swimming in the Ionian Sea with her neighbor from the plane. The people she encounters speak volubly about themselves: their fantasies, anxieties, pet theories, regrets, and longings. And through these disclosures, a portrait of the narrator is drawn by contrast, a portrait of a woman learning to face a great loss.