The Summer Without Men

The Summer Without Men by Siri Hustvedt

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"And who among us would deny Jane Austen her happy endings or insist that Cary Grant and Irene Dunne should not get back together at the end of The Awful Truth? There are tragedies and there are comedies, aren`t there? And they are often more the same than different, rather like men and women, if you ask me. A comedy depends on stopping the story at exactly the right moment."

Mia Fredrickson, the wry, vituperative, tragicomic poet narrator of The Summer Without Men, has been forced to reexamine her own life. One day, out of the blue, after thirty years of marriage, Mia’s husband, a renowned neuroscientist, asks her for a “pause.” This abrupt request sends her reeling and lands her in a psychiatric ward. The June following Mia’s release from the hospital, she returns to the prairie town of her childhood, where her mother lives in an old people’s home. Alone in a rented house, she rages and fumes and bemoans her sorry fate. Slowly, however, she is drawn into the lives of those around her — her mother and her close friends,“the Five Swans,” and her young neighbor with two small children and a loud angry husband — and the adolescent girls in her poetry workshop whose scheming and petty cruelty carry a threat all their own.

From the internationally bestselling author of What I Loved comes a provocative, witty, and revelatory novel about women and girls, love and marriage, and the age-old question of sameness and difference between the sexes.

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Siri Hustvedt

A book by Siri Hustvedt

She was born in Northfield, Minnesota. Her father, Lloyd Hustvedt, was a professor of Scandinavian literature, and her mother, Esther Vegan, emigrated from Norway at the age of 30. Hustvedt herself has a bachelor`s degree in history and a Ph.D.

in English. Like her husband, Paul Oster, she imbues her art with symbols. Her novels feature voyeurism, strange deceased personalities and, of course, focus on the study of the human personality. She actively works on both short stories and essays. Now she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter, Sophie Oster (whom we can see in the photos of Mango stores in spring 2011).  Bibliography Novels The Blindfold (1992) The Enchantment of Lily Dahl (1996) What I Loved (2003) The Sorrows of an American (2008) The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves (2010) Poetry Reading to You (1983) Essay Collections Yonder (1998) Mysteries of the Rectangle: Essays on Painting (2005) A Plea for Eros (2005) The Shaking Woman or A History of My...

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She was born in Northfield, Minnesota. Her father, Lloyd Hustvedt, was a professor of Scandinavian literature, and her mother, Esther Vegan, emigrated from Norway at the age of 30. Hustvedt herself has a bachelor`s degree in history and a Ph.D. in English. Like her husband, Paul Oster, she imbues her art with symbols. Her novels feature voyeurism, strange deceased personalities and, of course, focus on the study of the human personality. She actively works on both short stories and essays. Now she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter, Sophie Oster (whom we can see in the photos of Mango stores in spring 2011).  Bibliography Novels The Blindfold (1992) The Enchantment of Lily Dahl (1996) What I Loved (2003) The Sorrows of an American (2008) The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves (2010) Poetry Reading to You (1983) Essay Collections Yonder (1998) Mysteries of the Rectangle: Essays on Painting (2005) A Plea for Eros (2005) The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves (2009) Source