The Blindfold by Siri Hustvedt

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As a confused woman struggles to define herself, she becomes fascinated with four New York City characters--a photographer, an urban recluse, an old woman, and a professor--who try to alter the shape of her identity. 15,000 first printing. National ad/promo.

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Siri Hustvedt is the author of three previous novels, "What I Loved," "The Blindfold," and "The Enchantment of Lily Dahl," as well as a collection of essays, "A Plea for Eros," She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Paul Auster.
Published September 1, 2003 by Picador. 221 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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Her boyfriend at the time admits that cruelty makes him "feel more alive.'' As her personality begins to disintegrate, Iris (in the third piece) admits to minor hallucinations, which land her in the hospital whacked out on Thorazine and tormented by one of her roommates, a withered old woman who ...

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Entertainment Weekly

In The Blinfold, Columbia grad student Iris Vegan, hired by a writer to record taped descriptions of the belongings of a murdered woman, enters into a voyeuristic mystery she can't untangle.

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The Independent

Appropriated and objectified by those around her, stumbling through life like someone wearing the blindfold of the title, Iris instinctively understands that the core of her problem is gender - a trap from which she temporarily escapes by taking on the persona of a cruel and confident boy.

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