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The Summer Without Men by Siri Hustvedt
The Summer Without Men begins with Mia Fredericksen's husband of thirty years asking for a pause in their marriage so he can pursue a younger woman. Initially, Mia can't cope with the upending in her life and spends time in a psychiatric hospital. Upon her release, she moves back to her Minnesota hometown. Mia re-examines her own life by intermingling with the women there, her mother and her elderly friends, the young mother who lives next door, and the young girls to whom she teaches poetry. Siri Hustvedt's novel has received mostly positive reviews with the Guardian saying, "Hustvedt makes it all seem effortless. For a novel concerned in greater part with pain, rejection, madness and encroaching death, it's an astoundingly joyful read, an apparently artless jumble of scenes, memories, letters and emails, scraps of poetry, rhetorical riffs."