The Summer Without Men

The Summer Without Men

A Novel

Book - 2011
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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 drawninto 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 Siri Hustvedt's provocative, witty, and revelatory novel about women and girls, love and marriage, and the age-old question of sameness and difference between the sexes.

Publisher: New York : Picador/Henry Holt and Co., 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312570606
Characteristics: 182 p. : ill. ; 21 cm


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Oct 26, 2014

A good read for anyone navigating the end of a relationship. Well done.

Jul 24, 2012

Summer without Men is an interesting meditation of the nature or being female as a wife, mother, daughter, young girl, and as a senior. It is filled with riffs and references that might escape the less literate or less philosophically inclined. Still it is comic (while occasionally painful in its ruminations, illuminations, and revelations. Dense but delightful- recommended!


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