A man’s romantic notions of country life disintegrate as he discerns the deceptions at the heart the illusion, in Rachel Cusk’s journey of discovery.

When 18-year-old Michael visits the Hanburys’ remote family home he is captivated by their bohemian lifestyle. Years later, when he marries the strong-willed, beautiful Rebecca, he is secretly hoping to create his own version of that free-thinking family, but after the birth of their first child, the marriage begins to flounder. The chance to escape once more to his friend’s country house comes as a welcome relief, until he discovers a family changed…

The Man Booker Prize 2005
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Rachel Cusk

Rachel Cusk

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Rachel Cusk is a Canadian novelist and writer. Her 2005 novel In the Fold was longlisted for the Booker Prize.
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