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Memories of the Future
Memories of the Future | Siri Hustvedt
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A provocative, exuberant novel about time, memory, desire, and the imagination from the internationally bestselling and prizewinning author of The Blazing World, Memories of the Future tells the story of a young Midwestern woman’s first year in New York City in the late 1970s and her obsession with her mysterious neighbor, Lucy Brite. As she listens to Lucy through the thin walls of her dilapidated building, S.H., aka “Minnesota,” transcribes her neighbor’s bizarre and increasingly ominous monologues in a notebook, along with sundry other adventures, until one frightening night when Lucy bursts into her apartment on a rescue mission. 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 to create a dialogue between selves across decades. The encounter both collapses time and reframes its meanings in the present. Elaborately structured, intellectually rigorous, urgently paced, poignant, and often wildly funny, Memories of the Future brings together themes that have made Hustvedt among the most celebrated novelists working today: the fallibility of memory; gender mutability; the violence of patriarchy; the vagaries of perception; the ambiguous borders between sensation and thought, sanity and madness; and our dependence on primal drives such as sex, love, hunger, and rage.
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Suet624
Memories of the Future | Siri Hustvedt
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Visited three independent bookstores today. I‘ll grab any Hustvedt I can find. The rest were recommended by some of my favorite Litsy folks. All but one were on sale. I‘m feeling very abundant today. 🌹🌹💖💖

readordierachel Wonderful! 4w
Tonton Great stack! 4w
Izai.Amorim Happy readings! 4w
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Reggie I loved A Hundred Thousand Worlds!!! 4w
Suet624 @Reggie I know! Your review on Litsy sold me on the book! 4w
Suet624 @Izai.Amorim Thank you! I‘m hoping to stop grabbing library books so I can actually read my own books. 😂😂 4w
kspenmoll What fun you had!!! 3w
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merelybookish
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I have always liked the idea of promiscuous reading. 🙂

vivastory I love this! 1mo
merelybookish @vivastory I think you'd like this book! 1mo
vivastory I sense a trip to the bookstore tomorrow. 1mo
merelybookish @vivastory Nice! I'll be excited to hear your thoughts! 1mo
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merelybookish
Memories of the Future | Siri Hustvedt
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I finished this on audio but got a copy so I can reread some sections.
A highly meta portrait of the artist as a young woman. S.H moves to NYC to be a novelist in 1978. In her 60s, S.H. finds a journal from that year which adds to and challenges what she recalls.
There's a plot of sorts involving a disturbed neighbor and a novel-within-a-novel, but Hustvedt's writing on memory, literature, and women artists lost to time is what I enjoyed most.

merelybookish The book also introduced me to the poet Baroness Elsa von Freytag who Husveldt claims is the artist rresponsible for the famous urinal statue. 1mo
vivastory I've been meaning to read more Hustvedt since I was floored by Blazing World. This sounds fantastic. 1mo
Billypar This sounds so good: I've been torn between whether I want to read The Blindfold or The Summer Without Men next- I didn't even know she had a new one. Makes my decision tougher! 1mo
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merelybookish @vivastory I remember you recommending her which is why I gave this one a go! She's whipsmart! And I loved the meta qualities and all the allusions. 1mo
merelybookish @Billypar I want to read her other books too! I'll be interested to see what you pick. This one is a very NYC book, if that appeals. 🙂 1mo
Leftcoastzen Wow ,I love her ,this book was so good. 1mo
Liz_M Tempting.... I've enjoyed some of her books, been less impressed with a re-read and horror-fascinated by another. But I do love an NYC book. 1mo
Trashcanman Tables they turn sometimes 4w
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