Praise for THE SORROWS OF AN AMERICAN . 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 Lisa Appignanesi, Independent Beautifully thought through, deeply serious and enormously intelligent Jane Smiley, Guardian 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 Richly textured...full of emotional as well as intellectual intensity Katie Owen, Sunday Telegraph 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
Siri Hustvedt is the author of four novels, THE BLINDFOLD, THE ENCHANTMENT OF LILY DAHL, WHAT I LOVED and THE SORROWS OF AN AMERICAN, as well as a poetry collection and three collections of essays. Her most recent book, THE SHAKING WOMAN or A HISTORY OF MY NERVES, was published in March 2010. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Paul Auster.