When less plot is actually more

Some were bothered by the sharp detail in Cusk’s nonfiction about her kids and divorce

AFTER WRITING SEVEN NOVELS AND three works of nonfiction, acclaimed British author Rachel Cusk began to find fiction “fake and embarrassing.” Two years ago, she explained to a British newspaper, “Once you have suffered sufficiently, the idea of making up John and Jane and having them do things together seems utterly ridiculous.”

No surprise, then, that her

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