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The Shaking Woman, or a History of My Nerves, by Siri Hustvedt
by Jason Tougaw
Siri Hustvedt’s The Shaking Woman, or a History of My Nerves, is a genre-bending memoir that calls itself an essay and manages somehow to read like a mystery novel.
The mystery plot is driven by Hustvedt’s search for the roots of her body’s startling behavior: the sudden onset of a condition that caused her to convulse when she spoke in public (which she did often).
The first incident occurred at a memorial service for her father: