“Exuberant… A lighter, more lilting meditation on men and women, released in perfect time for summer reading… Hustvedt is a fearless writer… The reward for readers comes in the sheer intelligence of her prose… There is terrific writing here, mulling the gifts and limits of art, sex, marriage, but the touch is emphatically light… She’s managed not to shrink the truth of women’s lives, without relinquishing love for men.” –San Francisco Chronicle
“Siri Hustvedt’s engaging first novel…is a fragmented meditation on identity, abandonment, and loss. Multiple forms of prose pepper the narrative: poems, letters, e-mails, journal entries, and quotes from a raft of well-known scholars, scientists, and writers … Hustvedt manages to move seamlessly between Blake and Rilke to Kierkegaard and Hegel while maintaining a forward motion to this fluid narrative… Satsifying.” –Boston Globe
“Elegant… a smart and surprisingly amusing meditation on love, friendship and sexual politics.” –The Miami Herald
“An investigation into romantic comedy, both the classic Hollywood version—‘love as verbal war’—and Jane Austen’s Persuasion… Among the novel’s pleasures are its analysis of gender…and the character of Mia herself, who comes across as honest, witty and empathetic.” –The New York Times Book Review
“This brisk, ebullient novel is a potpourri of poems, diary entries, emails and quicksilver self-analysis... The noisy chorus in Mia’s head has an appealing way of getting inside the reader’s too.” –The Wall Street Journal
“A mesmerizing and powerful meditation on marriage, the differences between the sexes, aging and what it means to be a woman…. Truly breathtaking… Rich with both the pleasures and sorrows that make life complete, this is a powerful and provocative novel that will have astute readers reconsidering where exactly the boundaries between truth and fiction lie.” –Bookpage
“Mia Frederickson, the poet narrator of The Summer Without Men… is blessed with empathy, irony and a healthy dose of feminist outrage at the way women’s minds and bodies are routinely devalued… [Hustvedt’s] finely wrought descriptions of everything from love to mean girls to marital sex make [The Summer Without Men] well worth reading.” –Associated Press
“[Hustvedt’s] finely wrought descriptions of everything from love to mean girls to marital sex make [The Summer Without Men] well worth reading.” –Associated Press
“Composed in tight vivid prose, The Summer Without Men is energetic, and handles its subjects with depth and wit, painting its characters and their complex emotions in the kind of detail that rings true to life.” –Bibliokept.org
“Breathtaking… hilarious… What a joy it is to see Hustvedt have such mordant fun in this saucy and scathing novel about men and women, selfishness and generosity…. Hustvedt has created a companionable and mischievous narrator to cherish, a healthy-minded woman of high intellect, blazing humor, and boundless compassion.” –Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review)
“Intellectually spry… An adroit take on love, men and women, and girls and women.” –Publisher’s Weekly
“[A] 21st century riff on the 19th-century Reader-I-married-him school of quiet insurgent women’s fiction… Tart comments on male vs. female styles of writing-and reading-novels are a delight… A smart, sassy reflection on the varieties of female experience.” –Kirkus Reviews
Siri Hustvedt's beautifully grafted prose leads you into the plot and into the many layered characters.
As a reader, I was curious but never engrossed; the elements were all there, but never combined to be more than the sum of their parts.
The story idea is interesting, but the main character was not developed enough to capture and keep my attention.
I found myself unintentionally re-reading the book this summer. I enjoyed it, but it obviously didn't make that much of an impression the first time as I was far into the book... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Elro
Siri Hustvedt portrays strong women that give hope and set a good example for all of us. Life happens, whether you want it to or not. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lamppu
I enjoy reading The Summer without men like I enjoyed reading the two other novels I read by her. I guess I particularly enjoy it because it is like listening to my self tell. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Luciana Ondarts
I have always enjoyed this author's books and this one is no exception. The novel is well plotted, with the main character in the middle between a group of older women and younger... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Judith Singer
I picked this book for my book and was very disappointed. Everyone in the club felt the same. It sounded good, but did not make itPublished 5 months ago by Terry Ciacchella
I tried, I really did. I waited for something interesting to happen. Midway through the book, the author even PROMISED that things would happen. Read morePublished 5 months ago by JN
i loved the characters, the poetry, enjoyed this first book i've read from Siri Hustvedt. it was painful to understand Mia's pain and that of her new friends.Published 6 months ago by cindy
“Sometime after he said the word pause, I went mad and landed in the hospital.” So begins Siri Hustvedt’s novel The Summer Without Men. Read morePublished 6 months ago by king of chapter one