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Outline

(2014)
(The first book in the Outline series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
Rathbone Folio Prize Best Book (nominee)
Goldsmiths Prize Best Book (nominee)
A Finalist for the Folio Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.

One of The New York Times' Top Ten Books of the Year. Named a A New York Times Book Review Notable Book and a Best Book of the Year by The New Yorker, Vogue, NPR, The Guardian, The Independent, Glamour, and The Globe and Mail

A luminous, powerful novel that establishes Rachel Cusk as one of the finest writers in the English language

A man and a woman are seated next to each other on a plane. They get to talking—about their destination, their careers, their families. Grievances are aired, family tragedies discussed, marriages and divorces analyzed. An intimacy is established as two strangers contrast their own fictions about their lives.

Rachel Cusk's Outline is a novel in ten conversations. Spare and stark, it follows a novelist teaching a course in creative writing during one oppressively hot summer in Athens. She leads her students in storytelling exercises. She meets other visiting writers for dinner and discourse. 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.

Outline takes a hard look at the things that are hardest to speak about. It brilliantly captures conversations, investigates people's motivations for storytelling, and questions their ability to ever do so honestly or unselfishly. In doing so it bares the deepest impulses behind the craft of fiction writing. This is Rachel Cusk's finest work yet, and one of the most startling, brilliant, original novels of recent years.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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May 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: Outline (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic)
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
ISBN: 1-4104-7868-8 / 978-1-4104-7868-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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January 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: Outline: A Novel (Outline Trilogy, 1)
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
ISBN: 0-374-22834-5 / 978-0-374-22834-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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September 2014 : UK Hardback
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Title: Outline: A Novel
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
ISBN: 0-571-23362-7 / 978-0-571-23362-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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Paperback Editions

May 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Outline: A Novel (Outline Trilogy 1)
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
ISBN: 0-571-34676-6 / 978-0-571-34676-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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February 2018 : UK Paperback

Title: Outline
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
ISBN: 1-4448-3585-8 / 978-1-4448-3585-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft
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February 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: Outline: A Novel (Outline Trilogy, 1)
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
ISBN: 1-250-08154-8 / 978-1-250-08154-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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September 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Outline: A Novel
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
ISBN: 0-571-23365-1 / 978-0-571-23365-6 (UK edition)
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September 2015 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Outline: A Novel
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
ISBN: 1-4434-4710-2 / 978-1-4434-4710-2 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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May 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Outline (Outline Trilogy 1)
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
ISBN: 1-78470-244-7 / 978-1-78470-244-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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September 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Outline
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
ISBN: 0-571-23363-5 / 978-0-571-23363-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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October 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Outline: A Novel
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
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October 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Outline: A Novel
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
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October 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Outline: A Novel
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January 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Outline: A Novel
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
ISBN: 1-4830-8050-1 / 978-1-4830-8050-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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January 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Outline: Library Edition
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
ISBN: 1-4830-8048-X / 978-1-4830-8048-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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January 2015 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Outline: A Novel
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
ISBN: 1-4830-8049-8 / 978-1-4830-8049-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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January 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Outline
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January 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Outline
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May 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Outline: A Novel
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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September 2015 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Outline: A Novel
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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January 2015 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Outline: A Novel (Outline Trilogy Book 1)
Author(s): Rachel Cusk
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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