Books by Siri Hustvedt

A poet and novelist born and raised in Minnesota, Siri Hustvedt is getting the reviews of her career with her latest novel, What I Loved -- a sweeping tale of family and friendship, beginning in the manic SoHo art scene of the 1970s, that "pulses with an


THE BLAZING WORLD by Siri Hustvedt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 2014

"Blazing indeed: not just with Harry's fury, but with agonizing compassion for all of wounded humanity."
An embittered female artist plays a trick on critics that goes badly awry in Hustvedt's latest (The Summer Without Men, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >
LIVING, THINKING, LOOKING by Siri Hustvedt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2012

"At once stimulating and warmhearted, with sentences of drop-dead beauty and acuity on nearly every page."
Another superb essay collection from novelist Hustvedt (The Summer without Men, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >
THE SUMMER WITHOUT MEN by Siri Hustvedt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2011

"Lighthearted but not lightweight—a smart, sassy reflection on the varieties of female experience."
Hustvedt (The Shaking Woman, 2010, etc.) explores the Seven Ages of Woman. Read full book review >
THE SHAKING WOMAN OR A HISTORY OF MY NERVES by Siri Hustvedt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 2, 2010

"Self-absorption can be grating in memoirs by lesser writers; in Hustvedt's capable hands, it opens a door to revelation."
Novelist Hustvedt (The Sorrows of an American, 2008, etc.) investigates the reason(s) she suddenly began shuddering violently while delivering a memorial talk about her father, more than two years after his death. Read full book review >
THE SORROWS OF AN AMERICAN by Siri Hustvedt
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2008

"Ambitious, moving and sometimes maddening—but never, ever dull."
The death of their father sets a brother and sister on the path to discoveries about their loved ones and themselves. Read full book review >
A PLEA FOR EROS by Siri Hustvedt
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 2, 2006

"As accomplished and intelligent as the author's fiction—which is saying a lot."
Engaging collection of literary and personal essays, most previously published, from novelist Hustvedt (What I Loved, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >
WHAT I LOVED by Siri Hustvedt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2003

"Well-narrated plot and credible people—but told in a gossipy, insider's tone likely to put off anyone not in (or interested in) the New York art world."
A mannered, somewhat formulaic account of a critic's long and complicated friendship with an artist, presented by Hustvedt (Yonder, 1998, etc.) with just a touch of melodrama amid the melancholy. Read full book review >
YONDER by Siri Hustvedt
Released: May 1, 1998

"Hustvedt's essays, like the ordinary objects she identifies as the genesis of still life, are "dignified by the metamorphosis we call art.""
In this slim medley, novelist Hustvedt (The Blindfold, 1992; The Enchantment of Lily Dahl, 1996) ranges freely from autobiography to Vermeer's Woman with a Pearl Necklace to Dickens to The Great Gatsby. Read full book review >
THE ENCHANTMENT OF LILY DAHL by Siri Hustvedt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Mystery, murder, and provincial caricatures, all in a readable but curiously dusty mix from a writer whose aims seemed higher the first time around. (Author tour)"
 Hustvedt's second outing abandons the cerebral regions of postmodernism (The Blindfold, 1992) and turns to the familiar melodramas of small-town gothic. Read full book review >
THE BLINDFOLD by Siri Hustvedt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1992

"Hustvedt brings her dark urban landscape to life with her camera eye and Iris's tenacious, Midwestern common sense—the perfect balance to all the existential weirdness."
Poet Hustvedt's first novel is unabashedly cerebral, a disturbing and disarming fiction that explores the mysteries of identity. Read full book review >