By Alice King
Updated March 17, 2020 at 02:48 AM EDT
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What I Loved

B+
type
  • Book
genre

Downtown artsy types, living in an insular world of esoteric discussions and inaccessible work, are a New York City cliche. But Hustvedt’s likable quartet — a painter and his model-wife and a couple of academics — are more than self-congratulatory poseurs. Their intertwined creative and romantic lives offer a seductive, refreshingly adult view of partnerships of the mind and body. What endangers their snug existence at the intersection of intellectualism and loft living isn’t infidelity or professional jealousy, but a club-kid murder straight out of a Law & Order episode. It’s a surprising turn of events that wrests the characters from what could have been a perfectly fine novel of manners, putting them through unexpected psychological paces that lead to a bittersweet, if somewhat bewildering, resolution.

What I Loved

type
  • Book
genre
author
  • Siri Hustvedt

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