Friday, March 29, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Siri Hustvedt presents Memories of the Future
“This provocative, experimental novel from Hustvedt (The Blazing World) joins several narratives to illustrate the roles of memory and perspective in making sense of a life...The many moods and flavors of this brash “portrait of the artist as a young woman” constantly reframe and complicate the story, making for a fascinating shape-shifter of a novel.”—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
Bestselling author Siri Hustvedt’s new novel, Memories of the Future, is a wildly funny, elaborately structured, and provocative novel about time, memory, and desire.
Fans of Hustvedt’s earlier work will recognize her playful exploration of issues—memory, gender identity, violence of patriarchy, and the biases that shape perception—that have dominated cultural discourse over the past few years. MEMORIES OF THE FUTURE reads, not like a novel for the moment, but rather like the moment is catching up to Siri Hustvedt at last.
It tells the story of a young Midwestern woman’s (dubbed “Minnesota”) first year in New York City in the late 1970s, in which she has set out to write her first novel. Her year proves both exhilarating and frightening, from increasingly ominous monologues of the eccentric woman living next door, to the everyday adventures of new independence, to a bruising and indelible assault at her apartment. The relationship she develops with the small coven of women who come to her rescue that night introduces a new understanding of violence, anger, power, identity, and memory.
Meanwhile, forty years later, S.H., now a veteran author, discovers her old notebook, as well as early drafts of a never-completed novel while moving her aging mother from one facility to another. Ingeniously juxtaposing the various texts, S.H. measures what she remembers against what she wrote that year and has since forgotten.
Siri Hustvedt is the internationally acclaimed author of a book of poems, six novels, four collections of essays, and a work of nonfiction. In 2012 she was awarded the International Gabarron Prize for Thought and Humanities. Her novel The Blazing World was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Lost Angeles Book Prize for Fiction. She has also published numerous papers in scholarly and scientific journals. She has a PhD in English literature from Columbia University and is a Lecturer in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. Her work has been translated into over thirty languages. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.