Outline, by Rachel Cusk

A powerful, insightful, beautifully written novel in which Rachel Cusk probes the nature of self.   She goes deeper and deeper in the course of ten compelling conversations(each chapter is a conversation)as she attempts to expunge and replace the no longer servicable facets of her identity(spouse, writer, professer, mother,) with building blocks she mines like resources from others she determines are worth incorporating into a newly minted self.  The first book of a trilogy, Outline provides a compelling look at the formation of character and the circumstantial pressures from which it is formed