Siri Hustvedt is an American novelist, poet, and essayist – with six novels, two books of essays, and several works of non-fictiont hat has been translated into over thirty languages.. Her books include: international bestsellers What I Loved (2003), for which she is best known, and The Summer Without Men (2011).
Hustvedt’s works repeatedly pose questions about the nature of identity, selfhood and perception. She presents the reader with characters whose minds are inseparable from their bodies and their environments and whose sense of self is situated on the threshold between the conscious and unconscious. Her characters often suffer traumatic events that disrupt the rhythms of their lives and lead to disorientation and a discontinuity of their identities. Hustvedt’s concern with embodied identity manifests itself in her investigation of gender roles and interpersonal relations.