Pitch Dark

From the publisher:

“What’s new. What else. What next. What’s happened here.” Pitch Dark, Renata Adler’s follow-up to her prizewinning novel Speedboat, is a book of questions. It is also a book of false starts, red herrings, misunderstandings, and all-too-fleeting revelations. Kate Ennis is poised at a critical moment in her affair with a married lover, and moments (conversations, things unsaid, misunderstandings) of that fraught relationship reverberate throughout the novel, following Kate from her house in rural Connecticut and her New York City brownstone apartment, to a small island off the coast of Washington, and to an utterly dark road in a remote corner of Ireland. Told in Adler’s celebrated fragmented style, and constructed from the bare-bones language of everyday life, Pitch Dark transcends its parts to come to the kind of wisdom achievable only after a relentless quest.

Claire recommends:

Everybody talks about Speedboat but this is THE ONE. (Actually Speedboat is also marvellous.) The lens moves in and out of focus across fragments of memory as Kate Ennis negotiates the end of an affair.