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  • Second Place

  • A Novel
  • By: Rachel Cusk
  • Narrated by: Kate Fleetwood
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • 3.7 out of 5 stars (117 ratings)

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Publisher's summary

A haunting fable of art, family, and fate from the author of the Outline trilogy.

A woman invites a famous artist to use her guesthouse in the remote coastal landscape where she lives with her family. Powerfully drawn to his paintings, she believes his vision might penetrate the mystery at the center of her life. But as a long, dry summer sets in, his provocative presence itself becomes an enigma - and disrupts the calm of her secluded household.

Second Place, Rachel Cusk’s electrifying new novel, is a study of female fate and male privilege, the geometries of human relationships, and the moral questions that animate our lives. It reminds us of art’s capacity to uplift - and to destroy.

A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

©2021 Rachel Cusk (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Critic reviews

Chicago Tribune Best Books of the Year, 2021

The Guardian (UK) Best Books of the Year, 2021

National Book Critics Circle Award - Nominee, 2021

Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, 2021

New York Magazine Best Books of the Year, 2021

Vogue Magazine Best Books of the Year, 2021

Man Booker Award - Nominee, 2021

Time Magazine Best Books of the Year, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, 2021