In [this] new collection of essays . . . Siri Hustvedt takes feminist discourse to a new level . . . Mothers, Fathers and Others is a powerful collection with an impressive variety of disciplines through whose prism the themes of art, motherhood, neuroscience, misogyny and sex are revealed. It is an engaging and educational read that makes a valuable contribution to contemporary feminist discourse.
This new collection of essays, happily, is one of her most accessible, ranging from memories of her mother to essays on the pandemic.
American novelist and feminist philosopher Siri Hustvedt is a wonderful essayist, equally at ease discussing the thoughts of Plato or the lyrics of Tom Waits. Her new collection is replete with personal history and recollection, and sparkles with small descriptive gems.
This loose, discursive essay collection spans memoir, literary criticism, feminist philosophy and science. The autobiographical essays are the finest; in precise yet luxuriant prose Hustvedt uses her family history to explore questions of memory and identity.