- ISBN 9780340581230
- Categories BX, BX BXOS, BXOS, Fiction, Literary Fiction, New Arrivals OS
- Author(s) Siri Hustvedt
- Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
- Weight 0.181 kg
Iris Vegan, a graduate student living alone and impoverished in New York, encounters four strong characters who fascinate and in different ways subordinate her: an inscrutable urban recluse who employs her to record the possessions of a murdered woman; a photographer whose eerie portrait of Iris takes on a life of its own; an old woman in hospital who tries to claim a remnant of the ailing Iris; and a professor she has an affair with. An exploration of female identity in an age when the old definitions - as some man's daughter/wife/mother - no longer apply, fuelled with eroticism and a sense of menace.