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The Summer Without Men


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An exhilarating tragicomedy about the war of the sexes and what makes women tick by the internationally bestselling author Siri Hustvedt.

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Siri Hustvedt is the author of four novels, THE BLINDFOLD, THE ENCHANTMENT OF LILY DAHL, WHAT I LOVED and THE SORROWS OF AN AMERICAN, as well as a poetry collection and three collections of essays. Her most recent book, THE SHAKING WOMAN or A HISTORY OF MY NERVES, was published in March 2010. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Paul Auster.


Hustvedt is an accomplished writer, with considerable powers of description, evocation and characterisation. - Sydney Morning HeraldSiri 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 Observera rich and intelligent meditation on female identity, written in beguiling lyrical prose . . . heady and intoxicating - Lucy Scholes, Sunday TimesHustvedt is a writer of luminous perception - Jane Shilling, TelegraphIt's a warm, affecting tale about love, loss and finding consolation in female friendship. Hustvedt captures both the absurdity and the tragedy of life - Sebastian Shakespeare, TatlerHustvedt's intensely visual writing spans the generations. She can conjure up a child's realm of imaginary friends as evocatively as the brave face adopted by the elderly living in "a world of continual loss". The story of one woman regaining her own identity, it's by turns funny, moving and erudite, playfully reminding us of a contemporary Jane Austen. - Claire Colvin, Daily Mail[Mia] is alarmingly funny and her narrative toys with the immediacy of the epistolary novel .

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