Cover art for Second Place
Published
Faber & Faber, May 2021
ISBN
9780571366699
Format
Softcover, 224 pages
Dimensions
21.6cm × 13.5cm × 1.6cm

Second Place

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A woman invites a famed artist to visit the remote coastal region where she lives, in the belief that his vision will penetrate the mystery of her life and landscape. Over the course of one hot summer, his provocative presence provides the frame for a study of female fate and male privilege, of the geometries of human relationships, and of the struggle to live morally between our internal and external worlds.

With its examination of the possibility that art can both save and destroy us, Second Place is deeply affirming of the human soul, while grappling with its darkest demons.

Recommended by Nina

Second Place gives sharp edges to Rachel Cusk's renowned patience and coolness. It affected me like a thriller...I felt frustrated paranoid and alive!

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