We've all been enjoying this week's book, Siri Hustvedt's The Summer Without Men so much, we thought we’d treat you to a bite sized portion of it. Ms Hustvedt is married to Paul Auster, who is also a famous author. Thus when she writes books about relationships, she always sparks an intense feminist debate about whether or not she is describing her and Paul’s love life. Ha! We can’t think of any better way of getting your husband to behave himself than that.
The INTRIGUINGLY titled (especially based on the above information) book, The Summer Without Men is Hustvedt’s fifth novel. The other ones include The Shaking Woman, A History of My Nerves, The Sorrows of an American and What I Loved. If you'd like to know more about her and her thoughts on her latest book, Waterstones have added a short interview with the author here, alongside a sample chapter to download . . .
The book itself tells the story of Mia Fredricksen. After her 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.
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