Author(s): Siri Hustvedt
In 1975 art historian Leo Hertzberg discovers an extraordinary painting by an unknown artist in a New York gallery. He buys the work, tracks down its creator, Bill Weschler, and the two men embark on a life-long friendship. This is the story of their intense and troubled relationship, of the women in their lives and their work, of art and hysteria, love and seduction and their sons - born the same year but whose lives take very different paths.
Over 250,000 copies sold
'Breathtaking' -- James Urquhart, Independent 'A love story with the grip and suspense of a thriller. It makes you ponder human existence with a peculiar mixture of stoicism and wonder.' -- Noonie Minogue, Times Literary Supplement 'Defiantly complex and frequently dazzling ... she has created a conceptually exciting work that demands we think, but which still allows us room to feel.' -- Alex Clark, Sunday Times 'Substantial, moving and beautifully written' -- Christian House, Independent on Sunday 'A big, wide, sensuous novel - clever, sinister, yet attractively real' -- Julie Myerson, Guardian 'A consummately intelligent novel, highly literate but also intensely moving.' -- Jackie McGlone, Scotsman 'Riveting ! erudite and immensely detailed ! a rich, densely textured and utterly absorbing novel' -- Lesley Glaister 'Subtle, compassionate, wise, and supremely intelligent, it's a striking achievement.' -- Kieron Corless, Time Out 'Hustvedt ranks amongst the finest American writers working today' -- Jennifer O'Connell, Sunday Business Post 'A powerful novel of love, loss and longing, exquisitely written' -- Anne Donovan, Sunday Herald
Siri Hustvedt's first novel, THE BLINDFOLD, was published by Sceptre in 1993 and has since been translated into sixteen foreign languages. In 2001 the film OF WOMEN AND MAGIC, based on Part Three of the novel, was released. Her work has been published in The Paris Review, Fiction, and The Best American Short Stories, and she is also the author of a book of poetry, READING TO YOU, a collection of essays, YONDER, and a second novel, THE ENCHANTMENT OF LILY DAHL. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.