‘The Lucky Ones has a theme equal to its author’s wit, intelligence and genius for observation. This novel is not a particularly comfortable place to be, partly because it’s so much like life and partly because Rachel Cusk is brilliant at depicting unattractive characters. But anyone who has ever lived in a family will relish it.’ Cressida Connolly, Daily Telegraph
‘Her prose is measured and poised. She share’s Virginia Woolf’s interest in making art out of the minutiae of women’s inner monologues.’ Stephanie Merritt, Observer
'Cusk is a highly interesting, original writer and, more unusually, she is a joy to read.' Helen Dunmore
'Goodness she can write. It takes the breath away.' Claudia FitzHerbert, Daily Telegraph
Praise for The Country Life:
"In this, her third novel, Rachel Cusk writes with the fastidiousness and delightful grace we have come to expect… Stella is a splendidly memorable creation." Sue Gaisford, Independent on Sunday
"This book is a delight… The Country Life is remarkable for two things; its humour and its menace… Its mixture of P.G.Wodehouse, Cold Comfort Farm and Jane Austen is a pleasure to read" Tibor Fischer, Sunday Express
“I was addicted. The detail is breathtaking and Cusk’s descriptions of a heatwave in the countryside almost had me dripping sweat and scratching the nettle stings. It is also hysterically funny.” Lisa Jewell
From the Back Cover
In this profound study of human relationships, five overlapping narratives of love and detachment merge to form a powerful evocation of family identity.
A young pregnant woman's misfortune; a new father's disaffection; a daughter's search for a lost childhood; a mother's antagonism; a wife's secret suffering – through it all runs the story of Victor Porter, a campaigning lawyer, and his journalist wife, Serena, in whose relationship the conflict between the public and the personal, between love and morality, is played out.
Rachel Cusk writes of life's transformation, of what separates us from those we love and what binds us to those we no longer understand. 'The Lucky Ones' is a novel about creating and sustaining life. It illuminates with startling precision the texture and complexity of emotional existence within 'the bustling concourses of life'.
On 'A Life's Work'
'As compulsive as a thriller'
Kate Kellaway, 'Observer'
'An incitement to riot. I laughed out loud, often, in painful recognition.'
'Full of enormous insight and sly wit. Cusk has crafted a work of beauty and wisdom. And belly laughs.'
Suzanne Moore, 'New Statesman'
'Some alchemy of her prose renders this most fascinating and boring of all subjects graceful, eloquent, modest and true.'
Jane Shilling, 'Sunday Telegraph'
On 'The Country Life:'
'This book is a delight. 'The Country Life' is remarkable for two things; its humour and its menace. Its mixture of P.G. Wodehouse, 'Cold Comfort Farm', and Jane Austen is a pleasure to read.'
Tibor Fischer, 'Sunday Express'
'I was addicted. The detail is breathtaking and Cusk's descriptions of a heatwave in the countryside almost had me dripping sweat and scratching the nettle stings. It is also hysterically funny.'