Wednesday April 1, 2020

Domestic disturbance

Rachel Cusk is not the first writer to use seemingly innocuous suburban surroundings as a backdrop, but few have been so successful in evoking lives of quiet desperation

19th September, 2009

Carl Jung never defined an archetype of the domestic goddess. Then again, the Swiss psychoanalyst never spent an afternoon in the company of Rachel Cusk.

Stunningly attractive at 42, the bronzed Canadian-born mother of two marries a catwalk model’s figure and poise with the sharp intellect and caustic wit of a prize-winning novelist. Nigella Lawson she most certainly is not.

It is late afternoon when we meet in her small, stuffy hotel in Edinburgh’s...

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