Memories of the Future -- Siri Hustvedt

Staff Pick

As passionate as it is brainy, Hustvedt’s multi-layered novel brilliantly captures the heady experience of a young, ambitious, artist-to-be moving from the Midwest to New York City: here is the grungy apartment—with more books than furniture—the strange neighbor, the intellectual/artsy friends met at John Ashbery readings and Paul de Man lectures. Told through a combination of the journals SH kept in 1978-79—the year she gave herself to “find the hero” and write her first novel before grad school—chapters from that never-completed mystery, and commentary by the older SH in 2017 as she excavates forgotten parts of her past, the book is also a magnificent construction of stories within stories, unique and surprising characters, and a meditation on memory and imagination: “can the past serve as a hiding place from the present?....Tell me where memory ends and invention begins?” Interwoven through all this is a powerful feminist coming-of-age story, as SH experiences a harrowing #MeToo incident and—with the help of a coven of witches and the example of Elsa Hildegard Baroness von Freytag-Loringhoven (1874-1927)—learns the true power of her anger.

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ISBN: 9781982102838
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 19th, 2019

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