Saturday, July 10, 2021

Second Place

Artists. What we see in others may not be matched in any respect by what others see in us. The characters in Rachel Cusk’s novel titled, Second Place, seem to bring out the worst in each other. At the least, they desire some reciprocal response from each other and instead find disgust or rejection. Thanks to Cusk’s finely written prose, we bask in the pleasure of observing complex and interesting characters pursue relationships. Writer M invites painter L to come to live and work in the second structure where she and her husband live in the primary house. That setting provides the landscape for this engaging novel. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase Second Place from

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