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The Enchantment of Lily Dahl

A Novel

Siri Hustvedt

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Lily Dahl, the young heroine of Siri Hustvedt’s riveting novel, The Enchantment of Lily Dahl, is a strong, beautiful and daring nineteen year old girl poised on the brink of womanhood. In the small town of Webster, Minnesota, Lily’s life revolves around the Ideal Café. She lives above the café in a rented room and works there as a waitress. This is the stage Hustvedt sets for a bizarre cast of characters who frequent the café and populate Lily’s life.

Weaving a fascinating spell of mystery and suspense, Hustvedt recounts the erotic adventures, unexpected friendships, and inexplicable acts of madness that usher Lily into womanhood. By skillfully mixing reality and dreams, fact and fiction, past and present, Hustvedt creates a powerful world not quite real, but altogether truthful.

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Praise for The Enchantment of Lily Dahl

"This dark, sexy, spooky novel is an indelibly memorable fiction. Read it and it will haunt you. "-Salman Rushdie

"In her sophisticated handling of a powerful sexual drama, Siri Hustvedt proves the praise lavished on her first novel The Blindfold was not exaggerated. "-Baltimore Sun

"The Enchantment of Lily Dahl has the power to pull readers firmly into its orbit and to keep them there. "-The Village Voice

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  • Siri Hustvedt

  • Siri Hustvedt lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and child. She is the author of a previous novel, The Blindfold, and a collection of poems, Reading to You.
  • Siri Hustvedt Marion Ettlinger
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