What I Loved Downtown artsy types, living in an insular world of esoteric discussions and inaccessible work, are a New York City cliche. But Hustvedt's likable quartet --… What I Loved Downtown artsy types, living in an insular world of esoteric discussions and inaccessible work, are a New York City cliche. But Hustvedt's likable quartet --… 2003-03-06 Fiction
Book Review

WHAT I LOVED (2003)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Mar 06, 2003; Writer: Siri Hustvedt; Genre: Fiction

Downtown artsy types, living in an insular world of esoteric discussions and inaccessible work, are a New York City cliche. But Hustvedt's likable quartet -- a painter and his model-wife and a couple of academics -- are more than self-congratulatory poseurs. Their intertwined creative and romantic lives offer a seductive, refreshingly adult view of partnerships of the mind and body. What endangers their snug existence at the intersection of intellectualism and loft living isn't infidelity or professional jealousy, but a club-kid murder straight out of a Law & Order episode. It's a surprising turn of events that wrests the characters from what could have been a perfectly fine novel of manners, putting them through unexpected psychological paces that lead to a bittersweet, if somewhat bewildering, resolution.

Originally posted Mar 21, 2003 Published in issue #701 Mar 21, 2003 Order article reprints
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