Siri Hustvedt comes to Interabang to discuss and sign her new novel, MEMORIES OF THE FUTURE, with our own Lori Feathers, book buyer for the store and a member of the National Book Critics Circle.
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. Intellectually rigorous, urgently paced, and by turns both poignant and 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 borders between sanity and madness; and the primal drives of sex, love, hunger, and rage. As she listens to Lucy through the thin walls of her dilapidated building, the young woman new to New York -- S.H., aka “Minnesota” -- transcribes her neighbor Lucy’s bizarre and increasingly ominous monologues in a notebook, along with 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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Siri Hustvedt is the author of a book of poetry, three collections of essays, a work of non-fiction, and six novels, including the international bestsellers What I Loved, The Summer Without Men, and The Blazing World, which was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and won The Los Angeles Book Prize for fiction. She has a Ph.D. in English from Columbia University and is a lecturer in psychiatry at Weil Cornell Medical College in New York. In 2012 she was awarded the International Gabarron Prize for Thought and Humanities.