A meditation on what love is, who we love and why we love, that also looks at loss in the same in-depth way.
*David Coverdale was born in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire, in 1951*
This book is about the characters, not the plot...at least for the first 2/3. Then it gains momentum and pivots into an anxiety-inducing thriller of sorts. Hustvedt brilliantly captivates the reader with her intricate weaving of relationships and tensions between two families (as well as their internal struggles) so that by the time action ramps up I was emotionally invested enough to experience their anxiety as my own.
Last year I read a wonderful book that explored grief. It was profound, shocking and sad. It lingers with me still. Recently the BBC World Book Club read it and the author was interviewed. They contacted me about submitting a question to the author! I did, and you can hear me here: (My question is posed at about the 8:10 mark of the video.)
#BBCWorldBookClub #SiriHustvedt #1001books #Reading1001
Leo tells himself for a long time that he‘s just #paranoid when it comes to his best friend‘s son, Mark. Something is or isn‘t off about Mark, and Leo can‘t figure out if it is all in his head or if something darker is going on.
It started as a leisurely-paced story of two arty families living in each other's pockets: all very nice, but... . Then she dropped a plot bomb that made me see how skilfully she'd lulled me into a false sense of security. And that turns out to be the warm-up act for an altogether more unsettling story.
Family, relationships, friendship, contemporary art, mental illness, how we perceive ourselves and others, the improbable endeavour of living...❤
Thank you so much @BarbaraBB for sending me this book, a lovely little surprise this morning. So kind and thoughtful of you ♥️ I really appreciate it! It‘s one I‘ve been really wanting to read! ♥️
@TrishB yours was the first Christmas card I got this year thank you, and for the pressie 💕
@kaysworld1 thank you for the card 😁
Hi #LMPBC friends. These are my four ( and I have others if these don‘t work 👍🏻) Id love to read them all !! .... let me know @Lel2403 @jenniferw88 @Moray_Reads ( sorry for humble display 🤷🏻♀️... getting down to business 👍🏻...
Thankyou @suvata ... you are so good to organize this lovely Litsy Bookclub ❤️👍🏻
Having an author on your TBR for FOREVER (and really wanting to read her because her books invariably sound amazing, and also she‘s a fellow graduate of your small-town Minnesota alma mater) + a Book Outlet sale = #bookhaulmotivation
1.tagged book also A Tree grows in Brooklyn & The Overstory by Richard Powers
2.70 ,on track to my goal.
3.I‘m just grateful that friends & family have made it through the challenges this year.
4. I live in Arizona so happy it‘s not 100 out. All the holidays Halloween,Thanksgiving and Christmas.
5.kinda late to the party so any Litten that wants to join in.Love the positive vibes,great reviews,and spirited people here on Litsy.
This took a lot of turns I wasn‘t expecting, and had me gripped in their lives at each turn. It doesn‘t read as if there‘s a set plot, it‘s not formulaic at all, but I loved the meandering through their lives over the years. It focuses a lot on art, artists, galleries and shows and I ended up going to the Brooklyn Museum just to get that gallery feel. Highly recommend! Sorry for the lack of detail, I don‘t want to spoil anything!!
What an amazing book. Not merely about the art world, as I had thought. In this novel, boundaries are broken in art, but families, people, and hearts are broken also. 💔💔💔 Don‘t want to give away anything by saying more. I had such a hard time putting this down, and feel that I can say this is one of the best I‘ve read in a long time. #1001Books
At the oral surgeon with my current read (also an #1001Books). It‘s very good so far. Younger son is having his wisdom teeth removed 😱🤕
Lovely #bookmail from @squirrelbrain ! Thank you so much, Helen! 😘 I've been feeling a bit flat since getting back from my week by the sea (and am wilting in the heat, besides) and your kind gift was just the thing for lifting my spirits. I commend your Litsy stalking skills. 😉 And thanks, also, @Kalalalatja whose review led me to stack the book. Looking forward to reading it! ❤ #jbuk
Spent a lovely afternoon in the garden reading the second half of this book. It was so much more than I expected and thanks to @Kalalalatja for her beautiful review that moved it to the top of my TBR pile!
I‘m not sure what I was expecting but it certainly wasn‘t this sweeping epic of love and loss; unputdownable....
Oh, wow. This was my first Hustvedt, but I‘m pretty sure it won‘t be my last.
I expected this to be a daunting and high-brow read, but it turned out to be much more relateable than I imagined. Hustvedt demands something from her readers. This isn‘t an action-packed page turner. It is a slow character study filled with art, mental illness, friendships, grief and love. It left me quite breathless at times, at others I had a lump in my throat.
Treated myself to a bunch of peonies today, and now I‘m going to treat myself further with a cup of coffee and some quiet reading time 👌
I‘m in the final stages with my thesis, and I‘m hoping to hand it in by the end of the month. Which is good, because I‘m beginning to tire of constantly thinking and worrying about it, and my energy is running low. I‘m trying to give myself these little #selfcare moments, so I‘ll be able to finish strong!
Not really a #bookandbeachtowel, but a book and a blanket, which is a close as I get. We are having (for Denmark) insanely warm weather these weeks, and today is supposed to reach 30 degrees, and I can‘t really deal with it 😅
This book. My heart, my mind, my goodness. Breakfast banana muffin and a nice cuppa PG Tips—it‘s a very good birthday so far.
“I‘ve always thought that love thrives on a certain kind of distance, that it requires an awed separateness to continue. Without that necessary remove, the physical minutiae of the other person grows ugly in its magnification.”
“My parents didn‘t speak about the Nazis, only about our preparations to leave home, and it‘s hard to know to what degree my childish fears were related to the fear that every Jew in Germany must have felt at the time. The way my mother told it was that she was taken by surprise. A party whose views had seemed absurd and contemptible suddenly and inexplicably took hold of the country.”
It is a lush , deep,novel.What I like so much about it , the characters are flushed out, complicated.How friendships begin , evolve ,and ride out the problems that come. How some difficulties seem to pounce upon you , yet when you look back on it, some of the signs were there.Hustvedt writes with power and intimacy, I felt I was part of their circle.
Some lovely #bookmail from the even lovelier @Suet624 ! Thank you, dear friend. ♥️ This really brightened my day. If it wasn‘t for all my real-life responsibilities, I‘d be diving right in!
@batsy Per Sue‘s suggestion, I‘d love to send this along to you next, if you‘d like it!
Yin Yang and What I Loved.75 pages in .Love the characters,love the art,love SoHo , feel there‘s trouble ahead.....
This was a slow, dense and meaty read. Love, loss, desire, art, memories, hysteria, mental health and the illnesses associated with it, friendship, betrayal. The descriptions of the artwork are captivating and inspiring. The pieces of art made me want to get busy with all sorts of materials. The book offers a deep immersion into these characters and I miss some of them already.
This book! Not very far in but I‘m loving it. Already totally invested in the characters.
This book is fascinating. While it is a novel and is fiction, it reads like a memoir. It is about the lifelong friendship of two men and their families and their work and their obsessions and their neuroses and their sons and tragedy and coping and ultimately about the span of a man's being, from his beginning up to his present. I love this book and the warm, wonderful feeling it gives me. #reading1001
Started my next #1001books book. Worried this will be a very slow read for me 😕
I have mixed feelings about this book. I adored certain parts: reflections on art, love, relationships. But didn‘t like the way the first half had these beautiful slow reflections and the second half was almost like reading a crime novel (in its pace and some content areas). Overall, I think it was a worthwhile read so ultimately I gave it 3.5 stars
We are discussing this over in our Reading 1001 goodreads group if you want to join us.
The spouse is in London with a mate and the kids are in bed, so there's no one keeping the TV on and I have the sofa to myself. I have blankets, a stack of books, and the gastronomic trinity of gingerbread, blue Stilton, and Rioja (ok, it sounds like a weird combo but it really is stellar! Except that I didn't make it to Tiger and 🇬🇧 gingerbread is too sweet and heavy on the ginger, and not enough cloves.) #SoloingSaturdayNightinStyle
#1001 So much to dwell on that I am finding it slow going
Picked up my November group reads st the library today--but I can't start til the first. Maybe I can finish something else by then?! #1001books