The Summer Without Men
by Hustvedt, Siri | Fiction & related items
Paperback | 224 pages, 4 B&W
FROM THE INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF WHAT I LOVED’An astoundingly joyful read . . . a book that shines with intellectual curiosity and emotional integrity’ Guardian’By turns funny, moving and erudite, playfully reminding us of a contemporary Jane Austen’ Daily Mail
After Mia Fredricksen’s husband of thirty years asks for a pause – so he can indulge his infatuation with a young French colleague – she cracks up (briefly), rages (deeply), then decamps to her prairie childhood home.
There, gradually, she is drawn into the lives of those around her: her mother’s circle of feisty widows; the young woman next door; and the diabolical teenage girls in her poetry class. By the end of the summer without men, Mia knows what’s worth fighting for – and on whose terms. Provocative, mordant, and fiercely intelligent, this is a gloriously vivacious tragi-comedy about women and girls, love and marriage, and the age-old war between the sexes.
A rich and intelligent meditation on female identity, written in beguiling lyrical prose . . . heady and intoxicating’ Sunday Times
PRAISE FOR SIRI HUSTVEDT:’Hustvedt is that rare artist, a writer of high intelligence, profound sensuality and a less easily definable capacity for which the only word I can find is wisdom’ Salman Rushdie’One of our finest novelists’ Oliver Sacks’Reading a Hustvedt novel is like consuming the best of David Lynch’ Financial Times’Few contemporary writers are as satisfying and stimulating to read as Siri Hustvedt’ Washington Post