“As usual with this deft and astute writer, the prose is elegant, the characterizations spot-on. Frustrated Juliet, obsessive Amanda, conflicted city transplant Maisie, pregnant-yet-again Solly and in particular angrily exuberant, confrontational Christine are wholly believable and uncomfortably familiar. Such is the author's skill that few readers will be able to escape a sense of squirming empathy for these women's frequent bouts of self-pity and vertiginous feeling of not being in control of their relatively privileged lives . . . Accomplished, honest and uncompromising.”—Kirkus Reviews“Cusk is pitch perfect at capturing the dammed-up people that make Arlington Park what it is, so carefully calibrating their doubts and dismissals that they veer straight off the page . . . In her luminous if disturbing study Cusk has done important work in giving them voice.”—Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal"In this devastating ensemble novel, Whitbread Award–winner Cusk exposes the roiling inner lives and not-so-quiet desperation of young mothers in the well-to-do London suburb Arlington Park . . . Their plight is an old story, but Cusk makes it incisively vivid."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Rachel Cusk is the Whitbread Award–winning author of Saving Agnes, The Temporary, The Country Life, The Lucky Ones, and In the Fold, and of the memoir A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother. She lives in Bristol, England.