The Temporary

Rachel Cusk


In ‘The Temporary’, Cusk has produced a complex and dramatically structured novel. With its brilliant delineation of the numbing machinery of office life, its acute analysis of sexual relations and human crises, the book is a tragicomic tale for our times.

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Ralph Loman works in an unsatisfying job, for a free London newspaper, when Francine Snaith, a temporary secretary for a corporate finance firm, unexpectedly crosses his path at a party. Her beauty ignites a blaze of excitement in his troubled heart. But Francine is ravenous for attention, driven by a thirst for conquest, and when Ralph tries politely to extricate himself, he finds he is bound by chains of consequence from which it seems there is no escape. The Temporary paints a merciless portrait of the cut and thrust of modern romance, work and life.

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Weight 0.208 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.5 cm