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• The Sorrows of An American:
A Review and Brief Interview by Victoria Hofmo
Siri Hustvedt’s new book’s title is The Sorrow of An American. On the surface it refers to psychiatrist Erik Davidsen whose character serves as the “I” in this novel. However, Davidsen’s empathetic relationship to his sister Inga, recently widowed, as well as to his reoccurring memories of his mid-western Norwegian family’s trials and tribulations leads me to believe that this book could have been entitled The Sorrow of An American Family Erik’s familial ties, as well as his internal conflicts and how he negotiates them is truly a story about all of us, the pain, the pleasure, the hopes filled and unfulfilled. What makes this book truly intriguing is Hustvedt’s deep delving into the human psyche through Erik.
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