Juliet is enraged at the victory of men over women in family life.
Amanda is warding off thoughts of death with obsessive housework.
Solly is confronting her own buried femininity in the person of her Italian lodger.
Maisie despairs at the inevitability with which beauty is destroyed. And Christine's troubled, hilarious spirit presides over Arlington Park and the way of life it represents.
Rachel Cusk's sixth novel is her best yet. Full of compassion and wit, she writes about the domestic lives, private thoughts and fears of a group of remarkable and instantly recognisable women.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 03/05/2007
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780571228485
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Review by tronella
Not much happens in this book; like a lot of the things I've been reading lately, it's mostly just "middle class women are vaguely dissatisfied with their lives now that they have children", but this is a pretty nice example of the type. It's well written, the characters seem well-rounded. I found this a relaxing read, despite the cringingly ignorant things some of the characters came out with.
Review by canalrat
This book was so incoherent and dull, with so many over-worked sentences that I couldn't finish it. It's really rare for me to give up on a book - and this one is only 240 pages long. I felt like the author had just discovered the suburban neurosis that was such a focus of feminist writings in the 70's.
Review by hazelk
Oh, that's all we needed - another novel about middle-class women and their lives on some nice estate in the south-east whose lives we have great trouble empathising with. What a disappointment.