The Summer Without Men

The Summer Without Men

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""And who among us would deny Jane Austen her happy endings or insist that Cary Grant and Irene Dunne should 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, tragic comic, 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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 131 x 199 x 17mm | 154g
  • Picador (UK)
  • United States
  • English
  • 1444710540
  • 9781444710540
  • 50,057

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Praise for Siri Hustvedt: "A rare writer who can both rouse the mind and grip the heart." "--""The Independent" (UK) "Great." "--""Newsday" "An expert storyteller." "--""San Francisco"" Chronicle " "A modern master." "--""The Age" "Passionate . . . enlightening." "--""The Miami Herald" "Frequently dazzling . . . truly memorable." "--The Sunday Times" (London) "Riveting storytelling." "--Booklist" "Wonderful ... Her skill lies in convincing the reader that we have seen right inside someone's soul."" --The Observer (UK)" "Superb. . . a page turner ... serious but witty, large-minded and morally engaged." --"The New York Times Book Review " "She writes like a dream." --"GQ " "Masterful." "--The Times" (UK) "Very powerful and awfully smart." "--""The Philadelphia Inquirer" "I think I am in love. . . . This is one of the most profound and absorbing books I have read in a long time." --"The Washington Post ""Complex and contemplative. . . . "Thshow more

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Siri Hustvedt is a novelist of great intelligence. She knows the ways of the world and of the heart . . . THE SUMMER WITHOUT MEN is a new departure. Despite its painful subject matter - marital rupture, encroaching death, the tormenting antics of malice-ridden girls - the novel is a mordant comedy. Lisa Appignanesi, The Observershow more

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