The Summer Without Men

summer_without_menSiri Hustvedt
2011
H972s

Mia’s husband just had an affair and left her. She has a breakdown and decides to spend the summer near her mother’s house and give poetry workshops to pre-teen girls. As the summer advances, she gets to know her neighbours: a struggling family with two young children; her mother’s friends who are all vital but aging and ailing women; and, her very dramatic set of pupils.

It will be a summer of self-discovery for Mia as she analyses and reflects on the different stages of womanhood and learns that she can survive on her own.