Saving Agnes: A Novel
A new paperback edition of Rachel Cusk’s debut novel, winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award.
In Saving Agnes, Agnes Day—subeditor, suburbanite, failure extraordinaire—has discovered disconcerting gaps in her general understanding of the world. Terminally middle-class and incurably romantic, Agnes finds herself chronically confused by the most basic interactions. Life and love go on without her, but with a little facade she can pass herself off as a success. Beneath the fiction, however, the burden of truth becomes harder to bear.
About the Author
Rachel Cusk was born in Canada in 1967 and spent much of her childhood in Los Angeles before finishing her education at St Mary's Convent, Cambridge. She read English at New College, Oxford, and has travelled extensively in Spain and Central America. She is the author of six novels. The first, Saving Agnes (1993), won the Whitbread First Novel Award. A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother (2001) is a personal exploration of motherhood. In The Lucky Ones (2003) she uses a series of five narratives, loosely linked by the experience of parenthood, to write of life's transformations, of what separates us from those we love and what binds us to those we no longer understand. In 2003, Rachel Cusk was nominated by Granta magazine as one of 20 'Best of Young British Novelists'. Her latest novel is Outline (2014).
Praise for Saving Agnes: A Novel
“Smart, subtle, stylish, and witty.” —The Boston Herald Sunday
“A novel so much more than just clever and sharp that it might be said to be wise . . . Cusk has heart and depth in abundance, and Saving Agnes showcases both.” —Abby Frucht, The Village Voice
“Quirky but appealing characters and wry social commentary. . . Exquisite and sometimes diabolical.” —Publishers Weekly