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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 02/04/2009
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After their father's funeral, Erik and Inga Davidsen find a cryptic letter from an unknown woman among his papers, dating from his adolescence in rural Minnesota during the Depression. Returning to his psychiatric practice in New York, Erik sets about reading his father's memoir, hoping to discover the man he never fully understood.

At the same time, another woman enters Erik's lonely, divorced life - a beautiful Jamaican who moves into his garden flat with her small daughter. As Erik gets drawn into the cat-and-mouse tactics of someone who appears to be stalking her, he finds out that his sister Inga is also being threatened, by a journalist in possession of a wounding secret from her past.

A multi-layered novel that probes the mysteries of the heart and mind, THE SORROWS OF AN AMERICAN is compulsive, thought-provoking and profoundly affecting.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
ISBN: 9780340897089
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 224 g
Dimensions: 198 x 132 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Beautifully thought through, deeply serious and enormously intelligent * Jane Smiley, Guardian *
This passionately conceived, coolly delivered work is almost certainly the best American novel you will read all year . . . not to be missed * Melissa Katsoulis, Sunday Telegraph *
A mystery story that develops into a subtle and complex novel . . . sharp, confident, tolerant and civilised * Tom Deveson, Sunday Times *
This novel is easily described as wonderful . . . THE SORROWS OF AN AMERICAN feels like a very personal story and is all the more intimate for it . . . her skill lies in convincing the reader that we have seen right inside someone's soul * Viv Groskop, Observer *
For all its cerebral riches, this novel is composed with superb artistry, Hustvedt handles the numerous interlocking narratives with immense skill. . . It is proof of Hustvedt's talent that the terrors of this novel feel real * John de Falbe, Literary Review *
This satisfying and emotionally rich follow-up to Ms Hustvedt's acclaimed WHAT I LOVED treads some similar themes: love and loss; the limits of perception; the drama of dreams; and the need to craft coherent stories from the unreliable fragments of memory. As with her previous novel, Ms Hustvedt's cerebral characters are tenderly drawn, wise and realistic . . . a beautifully sincere examination of the grim traps of over-active minds * Economist *
A novel of deep wisdom and storytelling * Lucy Beresford in New Statesman *
'It is a rare writer who can both rouse the mind and grip the heart, and all the while provide the sensuous delights of image and language. In her new novel, as in What I Loved, Siri Hustvedt does that and more . . . a book that's almost impossible to put down, and even harder not to re-read' * Lisa Appignanesi, Independent *

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“The Sorrows of an American”

I'm afraid to say that I coudn't get beyond the narrator as a man, when I know Siri to be a woman. Not a great start. But I persevered, and although there are parts of brilliance, the farcical 'hotel... More

Paperback edition
Anonymous
8th March 2009
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“The Sorrows of an American”

This is a wonderfully deeply written book, which brings touches of sadness and "what might have beens" as well as closure and a degree of satisfaction to the main characters. For Erik and Inga, trying to... More

Paperback edition
1st March 2009
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“The Sorrows of an American”

If nothing else, Suri Hustvedt's book The Sorrows of an American should win a prize for having the most beautiful illustration on the front cover. Normally you can gather what a book is about by reading the back... More

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12th February 2009
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