What I Loved


This is the story of two men who first become friends in 1970s New York, of the women in their lives, of their sons, born the same year, and of how relations between the two families become strained, first by tragedy, then by a monstrous duplicity which comes slowly and corrosively to the surface.

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‘Defiantly complex and frequently dazzling’ Sunday Times

‘Siri Hustvedt’s most ambitious, most rewarding novel. It mesmerises, arouses, disturbs’ Salman Rushdie

Superb . . . What I Loved is a rare thing, a page turner written at full intellectual stretch, serious but witty, large-minded and morally engaged’ New York Times Book Review

‘A love story with the grip and suspense of a thriller’ Times Literary Supplement

In 1975 art historian Leo Hertzberg discovers an extraordinary painting by an unknown artist in a New York gallery. He buys the work, tracks down its creator, Bill Wechsler, and the two men embark on a life-long friendship.

This is the story of their intense and troubled relationship, of the women in their lives and their work, of art and hysteria, love and seduction and their sons – born the same year but whose lives take very different paths.

A big, wide, sensuous novel – clever, sinister, yet attractively real’ Guardian


‘Hustvedt is that rare artist, a writer of high intelligence, profound sensuality and a less easily definable capacity for which the only word I can find is wisdom’ Salman Rushdie

‘One of our finest novelists’ Oliver Sacks

‘Reading a Hustvedt novel is like consuming the best of David Lynch’ Financial Times

‘Few contemporary writers are as satisfying and stimulating to read as Siri Hustvedt’ Washington Post

‘A 21st-century Virginia Woolf’ Literary Review

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Weight272 g
Dimensions19813126 mm