Siri Hustvedt’s most recent novel, The Summer Without Men, has received a lot of very good reviews. This is a novel about Mia Fredricksen, a 55-year-old poet and professor – a woman who perhaps in some ways resemble Siri Hustvedt, who retreats for the summer to the town in Minnesota she grew up. Recently it was reviewed in New York Times Sunday Book Review by Maria Russo. It is an interesting and good review:
And in keeping with the novel’s upbeat atmosphere, this time the intellectual menu includes not just Hustvedt’s usual forays into philosophy, literary theory, neurology and psychiatry, but also an investigation into romantic comedy, both the classic Hollywood version — “love as verbal war” — and Jane Austen’s “Persuasion,” which Mia is asked to introduce at her mother’s book group. Like Anne and Captain Wentworth, Mia decides, she and Boris could come together a second time.
Perhaps the problem is that Hustvedt herself might not find a summer without men particularly stimulating. She cheats on her concept by giving Mia an e-mail stalker who signs himself “Mr. Nobody” and proves more on her intellectual wavelength than the gals in Bonden.
I have still not read this novel, but I am looking forward to it.
PS: Here is my review of The Summer Without Men.