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.
The dazzling debut of Siri Hustvedt, author of the international bestseller WHAT I LOVED.