Mothers, Fathers, and Others: Essays

Mothers, Fathers, and Others: Essays

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Feminist philosophy meets family memoir in this new essay collection from Siri Hustvedt, an exploration of the shifting borders that define human experience, including boundaries we usually take for granted—between ourselves and others, nature and nurture, viewer and artwork—which turn out to be far less stable than we imagine.

Described as “a 21st-century Virginia Woolf” in the Literary Review (UK), Man Booker longlisted Hustvedt displays her expansive intellect and interdisciplinary knowledge in this collection that moves effortlessly between stories of her mother, grandmother, and daughter to artistic mothers, Jane Austen, Emily Brontë, and Lousie Bourgeois, to the broader meanings of maternal in a culture shaped by misogyny and fantasies of paternal authority. Mothers, Fathers, and Others is a polymath’s journey into urgent questions about familial love and hate, human prejudice and cruelty, and the transformative power of art.

This moving, fierce, and often funny book is finally about the fact that being alive means being in states of constant, dynamic exchange with what is around us, and that the impulse to draw hard and fast conceptual borders where none exist carries serious theoretical and political dangers.

Title:Mothers, Fathers, and Others: Essays
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781982176396
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    Mothers, Fathers, and Others: Essays Reviews

  • Elyse  Walters

    I have long admired Siri Hustvedt….American novelist and essayist… (3 years younger than me)…I haven’t read every book Siri has written (I own a couple unread books > feeling that ‘to-read-t...

  • Kasa Cotugno

    This book of essays is further proof of the seemingly limitless reach of Siri Hustvedt's brilliance. I particularly liked the early ones, more biographical than the others, that concerned her life and...

  • Bonnie Lechner

    Mothers, Fathers, and Others is a collection of essays focusing on the connections we have, both consciously and unconsciously, with the world around us. Hustvedt explores everything from our families...

  • Mary

    Siri Hustvedt's essay collection, "Mothers, Fathers, and Others" was my first introduction to this very intellectual and cerebral feminist writer, and although a few of the interdisciplinary essays in...

  • Rebecca

    This is the first book I've read by Siri Hustvedt. She is a terrific writer, deep thinker and effective communicator. However, this collection of essays is uneven. Some are fantastic. The chapter on m...

  • sofia

    super interesting and thought provoking, adored hustvedt's writing style, also loved almost every essay in this collection in very different ways (which is rare for me). could have done without the si...

  • Marcia

    3.5*...

  • MK  LaFs

    Love the way she wrote about her mom. No one comes close to describing my love for my mom but this was pretty good. ...

  • Monica

    An eclectic collection of essays that proved to be a lot more than what the title suggests. Hustvedt took me on a weighty, intellectual and thought-provoking journey through a diverse range of topics;...

  • Kent Winward

    A lot of five star ideas and material. Essay collections can be difficult because some things inspire differences for different audiences and a few of the pieces didn't always connect with me as much ...