Mothers, Fathers, and Others: Essays


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6.0 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

Siri Hustvedt, a novelist and scholar, has a PhD in English literature and is a lecturer in psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. She is the author of a book of poems, seven novels, four collections of essays, and two works of nonfiction. She has published papers in various academic and scientific journals and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Princess of Asturias Award for Literature, the European Charles Veillon Essay Prize, an American Academy of the Arts and Letters Award in Literature, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction for The Blazing World, which was also longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


"In this latest collection Siri Hustvedt demonstrates her tremendous range as an essayist."--Chicago Review of Books

"Siri Hustvedt's powerful essays on family and art focus on what's missing.... [Showcases] unique contribution and genius."--Los Angeles Times

"This new collection draws on Hustvedt's ancestors, both literary and familial. She touches on her intellectual forebears, ruminates on the allure of mentorship and perhaps above all, wrestles with the peculiarities of motherhood."--New York Times Review of Books

"Engrossing.... Mothers, Fathers, and Others makes a fascinating companion to Motherhood: A Manifesto, Eliane Glaser's recent book about the pernicious cult of the perfect mother. The two books brilliantly capture the joy and pain of motherhood: elation and depression, wonder and weariness, love and hate for the offspring. They introduce you to the reality of motherhood and make a strong case about child rearing as a shared responsibility of couples and society at large. Read them."--NPR

"Hustvedt is a transporting storyteller...a mind-revving investigative thinker and a commanding essayist who stirs the waters, overturns stones, opens curtains, and lifts veils with authority, refinement, and cogency."--Booklist (starred review)

"Another outstanding compilation of essays from Hustvedt...Brilliant and utterly transfixing."--Kirkus (starred review)

"Profound.... Hustvedt pulls from psychoanalysis, philosophy, literature, and art criticism to make brilliant connections among her takes on the world. Fans of Hustvedt's work will welcome this, and those less familiar will delight in discovering her witty, lavish style."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)