Outline

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I’m considering a month of only reading books that are shortlisted for prizes, especially after getting delightfully pummeled by Rachel Cusk’s work last night. Outline is on the shortlist for the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize out of Canada, along with the always amazing Heather O’Neill. This novel is a series of conversations held with the narrator, a newly-divorced London mother of two who travels to Athens for a week to give writing instruction. She chats with her plane seat-mate who details his regrets and failed marriages (later confessing to a third failed marriage while they are tooling around in his boat), a fellow writing instructor–Ryan–who simply blathers one-sidedly, meet-ups with various friends she knows in Athens, and the woman who’s come to stay in the apartment the narrator is also staying in. Fabulous writing and intriguing structure.