What is art? Thomas Bradshaw wonders and so he takes time off from work to play piano while his wife drifts deeper into her academic job. A yearlong portrait of an extended family, THE BRADSHAW VARIATIONS takes a bold, bracing looks at its characters. The novel illuminates and dissects each person's flawed behavior without ever slipping into pure assault. A literary descendant of Virginia Woolf, Rachel Cusk filters a middle-class experience through the prism of language, searching always for the hidden meanings of the quotidian. The result is a meticulously rendered and often sharply comic look at modern life.
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
Subgenre: Literary, Peoples + Cultures, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Family + Friendship, General