Arlington Park

Rachel Cusk
2007
FICTION C986a

Set over the course of one rainy day in a London suburb, Arlington Park is a viciously funny portrait of a group of young mothers, each bound to their families, each straining for some kind of independence. As the hours pass, Rachel Cusk’s graceful, incisive prose passes through the experience of each mother, following them all from the early-morning scrambling, through car trips and visits to the mall, and finally to a dinner party in the evening, when the husbands return and all the conflicts come to the surface.

Rachel Cusk is a brilliant writer. Her tone is often ascerbic, even astringent, but the truth of her observations is spot on.