What I Loved: A Novel

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Macmillan, 2003 - Fiction - 391 pages
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What I Loved begins in New York in 1975, when art historian Leo Hertzberg discovers an extraordinary painting by an unknown artist in a SoHo gallery. He buys the work; tracks down the artist, Bill Wechsler; and the two men embark on a life-long friendship. Leo's story, which spans twenty-five years, follows the growing involvement between his family and Bill's--an intricate constellation of attachments that includes the two men, their wives, Erica and Violet, and their sons, Matthew and Mark. The families live in the same New York apartment building, rent a house together in the summers and keep up a lively exchange of ideas about life and art, but the bonds between them are tested, first by sudden tragedy, and then by a monstrous duplicity that slowly comes to the surface. A beautifully written novel that combines the intimacy of a family saga with the suspense of a thriller, What I Loved is a deeply moving story about art, love, loss, and betrayal.
 

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User Review  - Dreesie - LibraryThing

I found this book completely brutal to read. The first section is fine--to much 3D art talk for me, but whatever. Then the beginning of section 2 is just awful. AWFUL. And then section3 is just ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kristelh - LibraryThing

I liked this book a lot, and be warned, this review probably will contain spoilers because it would be difficult to write about this book without giving stuff away. This is the story of "what I love ... Read full review

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Siri Hustvedt is the internationally acclaimed author of five novels, "The Sorrows of an American", "What I Loved", "The Enchantment of Lily Dahl", "The Blindfold", and "The Summer Without Men, " as well as a growing body of nonfiction. She lives in Brooklyn.

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