Boulder Book Club
for Writers

4 March 2019

Kudos by Rachel Cusk

  • 7 novels
    before Outline

    Saving Agnes (1993)
    The Temporary (1995)
    The Country Life (1997)
    The Lucky Ones (2003)
    In the Fold (2005)
    Arlington Park (2006)
    The Bradshaw Variations (2009)

    2002

    A Life's Work:
    On Becoming a Mother

  •   
  •   
  • 2009

    The Last Supper:
    A Summer in Italy

     

    2012

    Aftermath:
    On Marriage
    and
    Separation

     

    . . 3 years . .

“If you want people to like you, don't write.”
- Rachel Cusk

Rachel Cusk on auto-fiction:

"The idea of fiction or non-fiction to me has become so meaningless, saying, is this ‘true’?
I’m surprised people care. I definitely don’t.”

“I don't think character exists anymore.”
- Rachel Cusk

Rachel Cusk on Outline Trilogy

“The form of these novels is sort of a novel turned inside out, like you can turn a jumper inside out”

1. Author / Publisher Intent

2. Stylistic Choices

3. Structure, Pacing

4. Climax - what changed?

5. Scene sleuthing

Why we're here

Literary Forensics

Who we are

  • Word

  • Sentence

  • Paragraph

Kudos - Rachel Cusk

  • Marketing: Literary
  • Genre: Realistic, Present-Day, Arch-Plot Long-Form
  • Word count: 60,981
  • Print Pages: 240

  • Tense: Past
  • POV: 1st person (Faye)

  • Publish date: June 5, 2018
  • Publisher: HarperCollins

  • Trilogy: Outline (2015), Transit (2017), Kudos (2018)
  • Awards: New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2018
  • Rachel Cusk @ Lighthouse Denver Lit Fest, June 10-14
    • Priority Application by March 15! $30
    • Weeklong Tuition: $850/members; $910/non-members

Word Cloud

Sentiment Analysis

  • Cologne, Germany

    Hotel Im Wasserturm

  • Lisbon, Portugal

    Igreja de São Domingo

Arch Plot Structure

Next Book Club Meeting:

Wednesday, April 3, 6-8pm (Arapahoe Room, 2nd floor)
There There - Tommy Orange (2018)


*** GEEK ALERT ***

Gary will present Literary Data Science @ Analyze Boulder Meetup
This Wednesday, 6pm @ Galvanize Boulder (1023 Walnut)


Thanks to: Boulder Writers Alliance

Contact Gary: hello@garyalanmcbride.com
Learn more about Literary Forensics: Book Club Resources

Happy
Sleuthing!