Book for July 2019
was first published in 2019. In this portrait of the artist as a young woman Narrator "SH" tells the story of her younger self, 23 year old Minnesota who has set up house in seventies New York City, writing her first novel. Fighting off a would be rapist she is saved and befriended by neighbour Lucy Brite and her coven of self-declared witches. Minnesota, trying to work on her book, gets sidetracked by Lucy's story, or rather Lucy's rambling that might hide a story. SH, holding on to a rediscovered old notebook of her's, tries to piece together the past or rather the future that was made from that past: the present, reality.
Siri Hustvedt (born February 19, 1955) is an American novelist, essayist, poet and scholar. Her books include: The Blindfold (1992), The Enchantment of Lily Dahl (1996), What I Loved (2003), A Plea for Eros (2006), The Sorrows of an American (2008), The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves (2010), The Summer Without Men (2011), Living, Thinking, Looking (2012), The Blazing World (2014) and Memories of the Future (2019). Her work has been translated into over thirty languages.