The Summer Without Men
Mia Fredrickson, the wry, vituperative, tragicomic poet narrator of The Summer Without Men has been forced to re-examine 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 neighbour 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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Retreating From a Ruptured Marriage
The Summer Without Men is sprightly and frisky, even as it contends with life-and-death subjects. Maria Russo
The New York Times Full Review
Siri Hustvedt: The Powells.com Interview
The Summer without Men is Hustvedt at her most playful, a wonderful synthesis of psychology and philosophy — and a host of other subjects — and it will absolutely absorb you. Jill Owens
Powell's Books Full Review
Men? Who needs ’em?
A funny, self-aware exploration of one woman’s inner journey from demoralization to hope as reflected back at her through the eyes of a cross-section of women in every stage of life. Joanna Goodman
The Globe and Mail Full Review
The latest from Siri Hustvedt
The ideal prescription for those indecisive readers who want a bit of everything in their summer investments.
The Economist Full Review
Hustvedt is the thinking woman’s writer, arbiter of that netherworld between choice and feeling, an intellectual and fiercely honest historian of the female psyche.
CurledUp.com Full Review
[An] elegant new novel, a smart and surprisingly amusing meditation on love, friendship and sexual politics. Connie Ogle
The Miami Herald Full Review
A brisk, ebullient novel. Sam Sacks
Wall Street Journal
Riveting storytelling. Donna Seaman
Booklist Full Review
[A] rich and intelligent meditation on female identity, written in beguiling lyrical prose. Lucy Scholes
Sunday Times Review Full Review
Digressive freedom is one of the pleasures of The Summer Without Men, in which fiction, fantasy, and historical fact are interweaved.
The Times Literary Supplement Full Review
A contemporary Jane Austen.
Daily Mail Full Review
Hustvedt's Novel Explores Marital Infidelity
[Siri Hustvedt's] finely wrought descriptions of everything from maternal love to mean girls and marital sex make this slim volume well worth reading.
The Associated Press Full Review
A Powerful Meditation on Womanhood
A powerful and provocative novel that will have astute readers reconsidering where exactly the boundaries between truth and fiction lie. Stephenie Harrison
BookPage Full Review
Composed in tight vivid prose, The Summer Without Men is energetic, and handles its subjects with depth and wit, painting its characters and their complex emotions in the kind of detail that rings true to life.
biblioklept.org Full Review
Witty, concise, demanding. Philip Womack
The Telegraph Full Review
Lighthearted but not lightweight-a smart, sassy reflection on the varieties of female experience.
Kirkus Reviews Full Review
A novelist of great intelligence. Lisa Appignanesi
Harris, Hustvedt, Lodge, Murakami and Patchett longlisted for IMPAC Award
End of year success for American authors in France
Amazon announce top books of 2011
Siri Hustvedt and Laura Kasischke nominated for the French Femina Literary Prize
Hustvedt and Egan chosen for Waterstone's Grazia Summer Bookclub