Coventry is a nonfiction book by Rachel Cusk.

Rachel Cusk

In Coventry, Rachel Cusk 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 reading for our age: fearless, unrepentantly erudite and dazzling to behold. (From HarperCollins Canada)

Coventry will be available in Sept. 2019.

Rachel Cusk is also the author of an autofiction trilogy. Two of the books in the series, Transit and Outline, were shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Interviews with Rachel Cusk

Rachel Cusk on her latest novel, a kind of autofiction in which the life of the protagonist closely resembles her own. 17:34
Many hit books today quickly spawn films, plays or other artistic retellings. So, CBC News asked the 2015 Giller finalists what kind of adaptations they envision for their nominated works. 2:37
The five Scotiabank Giller Prize finalists - André Alexis, Samuel Archibald, Rachel Cusk, Heather O’Neill and Anakana Schofield - read the first line of their nominated book and tell CBC Arts why they chose that sentence as their all-important opener. 3:37

Other books by Rachel Cusk


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