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